An inspired June

June was my month of inspiration.

I don’t know if that statement is a cop-out because it was totally unplanned. But I guess that’s the thing with inspiration, hey?

So last month, a couple of things happened:

I met an astronaut

Well, I didn’t really meet him — rather, I attended his talk. Does it count that I was in the first row? Hehe. Greg Chamitoff spoke at an educational technology conference I attended. And while he spoke about things like space camps and how they’re getting kids to become more involved in space… he also spoke about inspiration, the essence of it. Having a dream, and chasing after it, persevering, believing.

It reminded me that while I’m technically already an adult, it’s never too late to go after the things I want. To go beyond the mundanities of life and seek the things that excite me.

I watched a film about mountains

My friend got free tickets to the movie, accompanied by a live orchestra. I honestly thought that it would last, like, 15 minutes. How many mountain shots can you possibly get? Seventy minutes, apparently — and I loved every minute of it.

Not only was I exposed to the awesomeness of mountain athletes (especially the insane but talented Alex Honnold) it reminded me that the world is vast. And beautiful.

I was supposed to go away for Easter but plans fell through… I was disappointed, and just cocooned myself in Sydney. With this film, I was reminded — there are so many beautiful things to see. There are so many different ways to enjoy the world.

I went to museums

Took advantage of the Free Museum Weekend and went to the Powerhouse Museum and Australian Museum. The entire weekend was spent geeking out!

While both museums were targeted towards kids, I can’t deny it was tons of fun. There’s something about learning random bits of information (Did you know wombats have a solid butt-bone and poop cubes?) or finding out how life was decades and centuries ago. The experiences reminded me there was so much to be curious about around me.

I think… with the way that everything has happened the last few months, I’d just been going through the motions. I settled comfortably in my routine of work, exercise, and my usual social activities. I guess I really needed that wake-up call that there is so much more to life than routine. There is so many passions I could pursue, places I could see, things I could be curious about.

Just in time for the second half of the year!

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