This weekend I went to Montreal to spend time with friends while practicing martial arts.
I struggled a little as the seminar was Muso Shinden Ryu and we practice Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. Some things are subtly different like how we block when doing Ukenagashi. Ours is more angled and we use the edge rather than the flat part to block with, for example. If you don't know the differences, you may go back to your own dojo and do things incorrectly. Hopefully that doesn't happen to me tomorrow.
At the start of the weekend, my energy was all wrong. I felt pretty depleted from school and tired of most things. Especially social media.
But also, my surroundings haven't been how I would like them to be and I think that has been disrupting my energy. And it's not just that I need to get rid of more stuff. That's part of it, but I realized that I was surrounded by a wall colour I chose five years ago partly because my ex never let me do such a thing. It was like it was more about doing something to spite him than it was about doing something good for me.
So, I'm repainting my walls. I've chosen a blue because blue has always been my favourite colour. It's a light blue-grey called sea spray that is very calming while being energizing. Depending on the time of day, it looks different and I like that. It's like it's more than one colour at once. My car is like that too. So are my glasses. I guess I'm drawn to things like that...
While the old paint is still bleeding through the new after one coat, it feels way better than it did. I can't stop looking at it. Here's a teaser:
With a six-hour wait time between coats, it's going to take a while to complete, but I think it'll be well worth the effort.
I also feel better after spending time with good friends enjoying sushi, sake, chocolate, and conversation.
I think I'll take tonight off and get back at the homework tomorrow. I'm going to try and get three things done during this break: a play review (mostly written because of the notes I took while watching it), a book review (still reading it, but making notes as I go along), and a hefty chunk of reading/analyzing of a movie for a presentation that's coming up. If I get all that done, I'll start writing my One Act Play and continue with my feature film. After all that is more work on the original TV show.
I got a little stressed thinking about all that, but then I looked at my walls and I felt calm again.
And that's how life's river flows today.