So THIS is Maine in the winter, huh? I woke up earlier this week to find a few dents and scratches – overnight lows of -30F caused the kitchen pipes to freeze, internet service would be down for a few days, and I’ve (unknowingly) been driving around since November with no car insurance. After four months of easy living, I was hip-checked by this sudden confluence of inconvenience. At least I had heat, a stocked pantry, and my Blackberry. But I’m a bastion of tying up loose ends, so what slipped?
Several years ago, I was driving north at night on the New York State Thruway, a notoriously speedy roadway, where the slow lane goes 75mph. A friend was with me as we began to notice all the cars around us slow waaaay down, almost to a standstill, but there was nothing ahead to account for this bizarre occurrence. I jammed my brakes and tried to find equilibrium, both of us worried and confused. What the hell? Suddenly, engines growled, tires squealed and several dozen cars sped off, as if at Watkins Glen, leaving me with white knuckles and a rapid pulse, as I tried to keep my car on the road amid the vehicular mayhem.
Later, as I reflected on the spontaneous drag race, a lesson crystallized: how crucial it is to be ready when life unexpectedly speeds up. Now, I’ve let up on the gas pedal for quite a while, with quitting my job and the recent move to Maine – a land where two pickups stop and chat across the double yellows – and I’ve developed a meandering pace: all carpe diem and proverbially rose-smelling. But my insides have stirred lately. I want more torque, more rev. How can I ever get up to speed with my controls set at cruise?
What does this have to do with frozen pipes, you ask? According to the Chinese system of energy alignment known as Feng Shui, when there’s a water leak in your house, there is a corresponding leak of money in your life. I have experienced this, and believe it to be true. I wonder then, if ice in the water lines is a sign of constipated financial flow? And the lack of online access? Plugged up information, perhaps? And the unsubstantiated cancellation of (NY) auto insurance? Maybe it’s time to consolidate my life, here. A tune up is in order, so I get to work. I spend a day going through piles of files, organizing, prioritizing, and eliminating what does not support my prosperous writing future (optimism counts, yes?). I lay under the sink blowdrying the copper pipes until H2O gushes forth. I turn in my NY Driver’s License and put Vacationland plates on my Toyota.
Afterwards I feel clear. Detailed, waxed and gassed up.
I’m shifting into second gear now and already I’ve got some grip. Income opportunities are coming my way. I’ve taken on the role of Media Liaison at my local non-profit land trust. I’m writing up my resume and pursuing a weekly column at a local paper. My pulse is quickening and life is escalating, all with my hands firmly on the wheel.
Other than becoming officially a Mainer, nah, not too much going on here this week. How ’bout you?