I was off today, and it was great.
Laura and I recorded three podcasts – taking us all the way to the end of 2017! I am really and truly so excited for many of these episodes. Laura has some writerly connections that I definitely do not, and we were able to snag some really fun guest voices for some of these episodes, and we address some hot topics — maternity leave & the return to work, for example, is coming up!
We also recorded . . . drumroll . . . .PLANNERPALOOZA, which is episode 20. WOOHOO! Spoiler alert – it’s mostly me talking, and I get into the serious details of my planning system. It got me all geared up for 2018 already, though this will be the first New Year I’ll be ringing in with a (near) NewBORN (C was born in February and A in April).
Tomorrow I am giving a talk at a local American Diabetes Association conference, and then I am essentially DONE with big projects until B-DAY (baby day? can we make that a thing? D-day for due date sounds too ominous, plus what are the odds of 2/3 arriving exactly on schedule?!).
I am definitely not done with work, but that’s okay. I can handle seeing patients and doing residency interviews + planning. I am just finished with large hanging-over-my-head-types of responsibilities (i.e., tomorrow’s talk). For the next few month.
I had one of those washes of poignancy tonight, probably provoked by the book I am reading (Why Time Flies by Alan Burdick, which actually gets pretty philosophical at some points). I am actually finding it a bit of a slog at times (need to return to novels . . .) BUT I was struck by a discussion about what ‘the present’ actually is. Ancient philosophers noted that the “real” present is really an infinitely small little point, one that cannot even be captured or processed; by the time you’ve done that, IT’S OVER.
Key quote: “You only taste the beautiful in the particular, in the transient, in the timely, in relation to what will pass away.”
My present (from a practical standpoint, not as a pinprick of an instant) is a full life with a great job, rewarding hobbies, wonderful husband, and 2 kids, although in truth it’s still changing and evolving every single day, as we all grow, evolve, and age. It’s about to change a lot, though, which will bring today’s concept of present into the decided PAST. Life with 2 kids vs life with 3.