Tuesday, 7 June 2005

This was fun ...

... and a little good for my ego!

You Are 24 Years Old


Under 12: You are a kid at heart. You still have an optimistic life view - and you look at the world with awe.
13-19: You are a teenager at heart. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world.
20-29: You are a twentysomething at heart. You feel excited about what's to come... love, work, and new experiences.
30-39: You are a thirtysomething at heart. You've had a taste of success and true love, but you want more!
40+: You are a mature adult. You've been through most of the ups and downs of life already. Now you get to sit back and relax.

On a different note, I had two interesting food experiences yesterday. First, I had sushi for lunch. I didn't think it was possible to have BAD sushi! My advice: if you ever decide to eat this normally tasty treat on campus here in PG, DON'T! The rice was so dry and so overcooked, I couldn't choke it down with generous swigs of water. Second, I stopped at McDs for supper (since it was after 8 and I was starving and I had to walk right past a McDs on the way home). While sitting and eating my french fries, I observed two young fellas come in and place food orders. They were told it would be 4 to 6 minutes until their whatever was ready. Apparently 4 to 6 minutes was a HUGE PROBLEM! When did 4 to 6 minutes wait become such a big deal?

On yet another note, I had an epiphany over the weekend. The definition of an epiphany is:

a sudden revelation of truth inspired by a seemingly trivial incident.

Yes, as usual, it brought tears to my ears. (I always cry at epiphanies, births, and other significant events -- I think its genetic.) I was listening to Andrea Bocelli's CD SENTIMENTO. His first song is ARANJUEZ, a very achingly Spanish love song. It suddenly occurred to me that I understood every single word of the lyrics! I guess the latest Spanish course has helped increase my vocabulary a lot.

I remember two other tearful epiphanies in recent years. One was the first time I played the theme from SWAN LAKE on the piano all on my own -- it was so incredible to have all my hands (it felt like I had 17 or 18 of them to control!) doing what they were supposed to be doing and have what they were doing come out like recognizable and beautiful music! Another was in the biology lab looking at live fern leaves under a high-powered microscope, and seeing chloroplasts -- little green structures inside individual plant cells -- all swimming around the perimeter of the cells in perfect unison. We're talking about stuff inside INDIVIDUAL CELLS here -- how amazing is that?! I'm grateful for the limited eyesight I enjoy, never mind seeing something INSIDE individual plant cells. How could I not weep in amazement?

I figure we are here on this earth to fully experience the condition of being humans. I also figure in the course of that experience, there are going to be some amazing epiphanies. I am delighted to be SO amazed at some of these unfolding experiences that tears of wonder come to my eyes, and I hope I never lose the ability to be amazed at the complexity and beauty of this creation.

Wow! From ego-stroking foolishness to philosophical epiphanies in one posting! And how's YOUR week starting out???

1 comment:

Bananahead said...

Obviously not nearly as exciting as yours :)~