A New Direction

I came to a realization tonight that my schedule for the following semester, which leaves my evenings and weekends largely open, allows for the addition of one more thing. As I pondered this, there came two thoughts of things to fill the hours. Either 1) get a girlfriend or 2) get a second part time job. Truth be told, I’m thinking that I want to pick up a second part time job.

So it’s like this: I’m here for another four months. Of these four months, I’m planning on being gone upwards of four weekends, which effectively means that I’m here for three months. So I could throw myself and try to involve myself in some stupid, sadistic relationship to fill my life with confusion or drama (lord knows that the relationship drama NEVER ends…), or I could hunker down and invest myself into my studies and into getting out of debt. Somehow getting out of debt seems a better option.

So for now I’m thinking of that it’s time to become an introvert. It’s time to shift my focus from things external to those things that I consider to be more suitable with my plans for the future.
1. Audio – High quality audio has always been an interest, and in the next few weeks I’ll complete my setup for a low end audiophile set-up. God, I’m excited.
2. Music – I need to be investing hours a week into my guitar, and I want to pick up some piano again.
3. Film – I want to be writing reviews and investing in critical analysis of film. I honestly think that I have the appropriate gifting to be able to excel, and it’s high time for me to start. My goal for the short term: 95% accuracy for my Academy Award predictions.
4. Outdoors – Next Saturday I’ll hike Sacagawea (9,665 feet!), and lord knows what’s beyond that.

Those are my goals for the upcoming semester. Maybe they’re not especially high-brow or idealistic, but they’re what I want, they’re safe, they’re rewarding, and they’ll last past this semester.

In the mean time, I’m going to pick up my guitar for a while, and then get some sleep with the hopes of finally championing this infernal cold that I have yet to elude.

About Mark Egge

Two truths and a lie: Mark Egge is an outdoor enthusiast, opera singer, and a transportation data scientist. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.
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