Good morning all!
Maybe there are better things to do than to update your blog, right before you start work. And looking at my e-mails and my to-do lists make me feel like this will be a long day. But considering my recent silence I thought an update on me is in order. Plus if blogging doesn’t get my creative energies flowing… I’m not sure what will.
As I sit at the table of my hotel room, I can not but be amazed. For a little over a month, I started a new job and showed up at my client’s office. My client being located in the south San Francisco Bay area. The first week I felt overwhelmed by the prospect of travelling, working on a serious project for a serious client and living on my own. While the initial shock wore off, I am still overwhelmed both in the good and bad sense.
A month later I still love the travelling aspect. Visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles all were worthwhile. Flying never gets old, but I could do without the insane travel “security” at the airports. Everyday I still can not believe that I am in California, right smack in the middle of Silicon Valley. The fact that my client wanted to fly me in from Toronto to Silicon Valley is amazing. A huge ego boost. This is me making it in my career. Sort of like an actor ending up in Hollywood or performer on Broadway. Plus I get to work on Android development and build a tablet system from the ground up. All of this overwhelms me in a good way.
Living on my own in a new city, without a car overwhelms me in a bad way. Living out here, away from the inner-city makes everything so far and inconvenient. Groceries, getting places, and all that jazz is tricky and time-consuming. Taxies take too long, and the only real viable option is biking. Unfortunately I bought a bike that just broke down on me the same day. Plus since I will not be living here for longer, it doesn’t make sense to plan too long term. Being away from friends and family also takes its toll. Originally I assumed I would at least be able to catch up on my long overdue work. That is partially true, but I still struggle with that.
Still as with anything in life, there are pros and cons. Overall I’ve learned a lot, and have a greater appreciation of life’s small things. I do miss Toronto, but I love also living here. Flying solo does have its advantages. And I’ve never been able to take the initiative and be more spontaneous like I can now. I have learned to be truly independent in work and in life. And I have started to make friends here too. Now if only the weather here started being more like stereotypical Californian, as in warm and sunny. Even the Sun has been shy recently. But other than that–and if the overwhelming amount of catch-up work would just go away–I am happily dreaming big dreams and living it up down here in California.