Shiny Objects

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and spinning.

Why yes, I am easily distracted by shiny things and spinning.

Specifically, my own spinning around and around in the unknown. Hey, when I don’t have information, I fill in the blanks with all kinds of crazy scenarios. Then, wind me up and watch me go.

Earlier this week, I learned that the travel group couldn’t get me on the group flights for my planned Southeast Asia trip. The flights were booked, and everything was closed for the Lunar New Year. I wouldn’t find out anything until the end of this week. Yeah, that doesn’t work so well for me. I need to know, and I need to know NOW.

So the spinning begins: Now I’m going to have to cancel my trip. I have to call the airline and see if I can get my fare back. I shouldn’t have signed up so late. Even if I get to go, I’ll be separated from the group. The group doesn’t want me on this trip. I’ll be alone. Wait, is this a sign? Does this mean I shouldn’t go? Is something bad going to happen? I’ll get pick-pocketed. I’ll get lost. I won’t be able to find my way around. I’ll end up in the wrong city. Someone will kidnap me and sell me into white slavery. But I’m Turkish, I’m not white, am I? Oh my god, what if they do get me on some other plane? I’m going to end up sitting on a crate in the back of the plane with chickens. There is no way this is going to work. Why did I even think I could do this trip?

Yeah, that’s how I spent my Monday, worrying about something that was clearly out of my control. But then Tuesday came, and I stopped; I let go of the outcome. I decided to not worry, I focused on the moments in front of me, and I was proactive by coming up with a backup trip. And, guess what? Today I found out the issue was resolved. All is well, and in two weeks, I will be heading to Vietnam—and not sitting on a crate in the back of the plane. Whew!

It’s been a rough week all around. And I’m happy to relax . . . for now. Hope you were able to find some peace in the chaos this week or, at the very least, some fun distractions. I have quite a few.

Oooh look at these shiny objects . . .

I’ve been reading . . . The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This is fascinating! I’m finding out not only about Henrietta Lacks, her life, and the issue of using her cells without permission BUT also about the types of tests scientists and researchers did—and probably still do. I had no idea these guys were injecting cancer cells into patients who already had cancer and prisoners who didn’t have cancer without them knowing. Really makes you think about intellectual property, disclosure, rights, ethics, and science.

I’ve been watching . . . The Crown. So now I’ve moved on to The Crown. I’ve only watched two episodes so far. Need to see a few more before I decide on this show.

I’ve been listening to . . . the La La Land soundtrack STILL. Yep, go ahead and start the intervention.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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