My college students are going to blaze new trails, save the world, cure cancer, map the brain, and a dozen other things that impress me daily. Meanwhile, I'm still trying to figure out the basic logistics of adult life, like:
~ how much pleasure reading is realistic? How can I accept the fact that I will never, ever, get to read all the things I would like to read, not to mention all the books I "should" read?
~ how many friends can I really have, with the kind of richness and depth and playfulness of an authentic friendship? what do I do when I meet someone new, who would probably be a great new friend, to acknowledge that connection and potential without dropping a friend I already have?
~ how do I get a coffee stain out of my shirt? And how do I become a person who doesn't get coffee stains on my clothing in the first place?
~ do these pants make my butt look fat?
~ should I figure out how to fix that drip myself, or just call a plumber and do it?
~ how do I know if I am becoming stubborn and set in my ways, versus being self-aware and clear about what I like and don't like? what's the right balance between comfort and challenge?
~ how can I make enough time to see live music sometimes? how do I keep up with new music I might like but haven't heard of yet?
~ when I'm pressed for time, should I give up cardio, lifting, or yoga, and how much of each do I need to feel strong and flexible and healthy?
~ what things can you overlook or tolerate in your loved ones without having to have a "talk" about them?
~ should I get a flu shot or not?