Sometimes I'm lost in thought and something I wrote will come back to me. At those moments it's like I wrote those words so they could be stored away in my mind only to pop out when I need to hear them the most. I had that experience today walking across campus toward the library. I'm job hunting right now and I may be leaving this area soon. I've been here for nearly six years and I briefly thought about all the people who have come and gone from my life in that period of time, how each has shaped and changed me.
And I wondered, why in the hell did I come here? This place is so off the beaten path. It may someday seem like a non sequitur, with no connection to my past, present or future. But these could end up being the most pivotal six years of my life in terms of who I have become while living here.
Then I remembered a line spoken by the character Pawel in Mountains Wanted:
You know, I believe people
are placed in your path for a reason. They're either there for you to learn
something from or for you to teach. If you're lucky, it's both.
I think I've done my fair share of learning and teaching here. It will be interesting to see if the lessons are through or if I still have more work to do. Time will tell.