One Year Later

This week marks the one year anniversary of my move to Cleveland.   It’s also been a year since I started this blog.  That so much time has past so quickly is amazing.   Only 12 months ago I was a recent grad who had just accepted his first job.  Now I’m a full time faculty member working in Library IT.  Even in so short a time my life has changed greatly and is sure to continue to do so in the future.

However to a large degree it feels as if my course is set.  One of the things about great change is that a lot of stuff happens at once.  You don’t just move to a new city, you choose who you’re going to hang out with and how people will see you.   But of course a lot of that happens unconsciously.  Actions have consequences, often unintended ones.

For example last summer I made a point to go to trivia night every week.  It is held Wednesdays at a local bar called Hey Joe’s.   Without fail I lost every week usually by a lot.  Seeing double digits was a real treat. Then one day somebody I’d met at a DSU event was there with his wife.  They asked me to join them and we’ve been friends ever since.   When school is in session, a lot of the people I know will hang out at Hey Joe’s and there have been some good times there.  So going to Trivia Night has paid off in ways I did not anticipate.
And that is what makes life fun.  You don’t know where you’re going only that you’re going somewhere. Things won’t be clear till after the fact, and maybe not even then, so you might as well enjoy the ride.  That has been my general attitude to living in Mississippi.  There’s no point in trying to understand where life will take me from here.  It will take me somewhere.  But for now I’m just going to enjoy the ride.   
Speaking of which, there will be no blog post next week.  I will be in Atlanta for Catapult Showcase, a contra dancing festival held every year to showcase up and coming acts.  If you don’t know what that means then stay tuned!

Article by Mike

Mike is the Head of Discovery Services for the Delta State University Library. He has lived in Cleveland since May 2013.

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