Deep Thought

Entry 042 for Monday May 25, 2020

The core questions:

Credit goes to Ben and readers of his blog for these “Four Questions” and the five stretch questions.

  1. What did you do today? Student meetings with Pablo and Adriana (#TC1030), Ivan (#TC1033), Sergio and Miguel (#TI2011); #educoffee with Mahdi; preparing for and discussing with my department chair Mario my final report for the 2019-2020 academic year; meeting for instructors of #Semana18; early to bed.
  2. What did you enjoy? My meeting with Mario was really good. I do think that I’ve been able to accomplish quite a lot this year even though I’ve felt that I had to push some things aside. Perhaps this was getting better at prioritizing. I wrote a yearly review post last year and should do that again this year. I do think that my contributions are being appreciated and that does feel good.
  3. What did you find difficult? I wrote about Audrey losing her son. My friend Kin Lane wrote a post on his “Drone Recovery” site with his thoughts on his relationship with “the kid”. I cried. I know that any problems I have had in life pale in comparison but loss hurts. It took me years to come to terms with losing one of my best friends (Mike Miller) and realizing that I did what I could and I wasn’t at all guilty for not doing more for Mike despite us living in different countries. Damn I miss Mike and damn loss is so difficult. We spend many hours playing those old Infocom adventures on your Apple II+.
  4. What has changed? Is loss more visible now that I am getting older? Is this more visible while in a pandemic? Or is this a combination of factors? This sucks with seeing so much loss lately, it hurts deeply. Yes I have so much but this is all so fragile and brings us back to looking for the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.

Featured Image Credit

The number 42 in white text on a blue solid background
“Meaning of Life in a Cemetery” flickr photo by mikecogh shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

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