Lobsta

This weekend has proven to be an awesome one.  And it’s only Saturday night!  Yesterday after work, I met up with a group of friends for dinner and to see Frozen (again).  It was phenomenal.  They were friends I do not get to simply hang out with since we mostly are doing work, but last night was a time for celebration!  WE ARE DONE WITH CLASSES!!!  Some of them still have finals, but others, including myself, were completely done!  It was nice to hang out in a non studying session.  And of course Frozen was AWESOME!  Go see it if you haven’t.  It’s amazing!

Today I went diving in the Big Blue.  Although I didn’t get much sleep from the night before and we left at 4AM, I had an amazing time.  The sun was shining and it was 87 degrees according to my dive computer.  In December.  Wrong, but nice for the diving.  I tried out my early graduation present, a Go Pro, from my aunt and uncle and hoped to catch some lobster!  The first dive was unsuccessful on the lobster catching, but my buddy caught one and a fish, so good times.  And we saw eels!  The second dive was more productive.  My buddy and I worked together to get us two lobsters for the dive.  Om nom nom.

The lobsters were eaten for dinner this evening and I see popcorn in the near future.  I reviewed the footage from the GoPro and while it is clear and pretty awesome, I learned I need to angle the camera better to get the stuff I actually want to see.  Still awesome!  Thank you, family!!!  Tomorrow morning, I will be setting out early again, although not quite as bad as 4AM, to dive the springs – I don’t have to rinse my gear from the sea!!!!  My brother and his girlfriend are getting certified and it is their last day of check out dives!  I’m excited!  So it’s been an awesome weekend.  I don’t have  a much deeper message to this post other than I’m happy and life is good! 😀

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Ecclesiastes

I have been AWOL for the past month or so.  I know.  I apologize, readers.  I have not posted something in one of my longer stints since I restarted this blog.  It was not for lack of topics or writing time.  In fact, I wrote several posts since my last published one.  But as I was proof reading them or going over what I had written, I could not hit that wonderful “Publish” button that you all seem to crave.  Some because I wrote the posts in such a frenzy that I didn’t even know what I was trying to say.  Others because the topics were all too personal and I wasn’t quite ready to share them with you, even behind the curtain of the internet (not to mention that half of my readers probably actually know who I actually am).  And then even more that just seemed too whiny and childish and blah to post.

I am at a very interesting point in my life right now.  I am graduating with a masters in aerospace engineering from one of the top universities in the world (in this field at least) in less than two weeks.  I am very proud of this accomplishment, but those sentiments are for another post (don’t worry, I’ve written most of it already, I’m just waiting until I have official grades to truly say that I’m done!!!).  This accomplishment has led to some other truths, however.  With graduation comes leaving the city I have called home for the past five and a half years (or close to it).  Leaving my job that I’ve held for the past five years along with my coworkers, some new, some  who hired me, and have been the second moms to me while mine was 1000 miles away.  Leaving the hour commute to get to Disney.  Leaving the three hour drives to get to a worthwhile dive site where the water isn’t absolutely freezing regardless of the time of year.

Leaving the people I’ve come to know.  The bonds I have made have varied.  Some people I will probably never talk to again and that’s fine.  Others have become family.  Some of these people have insisted that we spend all possible free time together before I go.  Others have started to cut off communication because somehow that choice becomes easier than being forced to stop hanging out everyday due to geographical differences.  It’s interesting to see how people react.  I will keep those observations for myself, but I will admit these people in the latter category have been frustrating, if not downright upsetting, at times.  Then there’s the things I will be going to, the places I will go and the people I will be meeting.  It’s an exciting time.

I wouldn’t classify myself as an overly religious zealot, but I am religious.  I may have expressed some views to that degree in previous posts, but if you weren’t sure, there you have it.  I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately, though because of all these variables and in the back of my head, these verses kept popping up (not quite this exact, but I figured Google is my friend here!!):

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)

Even if you’re not religious, there’s something quite profound about what this is saying.  At any rate, it’s helped.  Surprisingly, what’s also helped has been the words the priest said at my grandmother’s funeral.  Again, it’s not necessarily a religious thing.  His point was that everyone has a mission and once it is completed, that is when they can be taken.    I have to believe that the people who no longer will be in my life or who may no longer be as prominent came to me to teach me something or simply to be there for some reason and now they are done.  Their missions complete.