explorers– from A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

I started a new job this week. In a sense it’s an exploration since it’s a new position calling on some old skills but using them differently. To use a metaphor it would be flying from the US to England, renting a car, and even though you know how to drive, finding the steering wheel over on the right and needing to drive on the left side of the road.

It’s a bit of a step to the side that opens different doors. If there’s one thing I’ve never backed away from its been an open door. Curiosity has always driven me – not acquisition. Which is more likely the reason I’m in my current financial position. Certainly a depressed economy, thin budgets, and cheaper resources have added to the stress. So the forces applied had to be answered by packing my duffel and boarding a ship to any land that would have me.

It’s been several months wandering since I’ve been on some solid land. Unpacking my tools is not the issue – its finding what’s needed and fitting it all into a new culture. What was useful before may not work in this country. But just being back on even unfamiliar shores is something to be thankful for.

Last night a friend, a highly creative professional who’s struggling in this new landscape along with me and many others, gave me some advice:  “What I found challenging is putting aside what you already know to learn new stuff because your head is looking for reference to build on especially when there is pressure to get on board quickly. When I finally got it–it was much easier than I thought.”

Never hurts to have a few friends along for the trip. And maybe a desk lamp and a few photos from home…

dobuzhinskyNew York Rooftops
Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, 1943
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK