I opened my eyes. It was dark. Really, really dark.
Oh, right. I still have my sleep mask on.
I took off my sleep mask. It was bright. Really, really bright.
I looked at my phone. It was 12:08pm. Uh.. crap.
I put the sleep mask back on.
My friends went ahead to Prague, and I'm staying in Munich another two days to meet up with a friend. My friend isn't free until Monday night though, so I didn't have any plans for today. Turns out, I slept until noon.
By the time I finally got showered, dressed, and went outside, it was 1:30. I headed to Karlsplatz (Karl's Plaza) to take my backflip picture... but the lighting was all wrong, so I gave up on it for today.
I wandered into the old city to get some lunch, and by the time I was done eating and had paid the bill, it was 3:30pm. I originally planned to work on my book, but the the restaurant didn't have any power outlets, so I read on my Kindle instead.
I went back to the hostel to charge up and start writing, but when I got there... I just couldn't bring myself to write. We're almost done writing the book, but everything that's left is hard, complicated, and important. There's a lot of contextual information to keep track of, and the work is a combination of editing, expanding on bullet points, and thinking about what's missing and writing it from scratch.
It's exhausting and tiring work, and I just couldn't bring myself to do it today. So when my new friend from yesterday found me in the hostel lobby and asked if I wanted to get dinner, I said yes.
Because I've been sprinting ever since I landed in New York 9 days ago. And I'm exhausted. And looking forward, in the next seven days I'll be in 4 new cities, 3 new countries, have driven 6 hours, flown another 15 hours, and jumped countless time zones. It's going to be intense.
I'm definitely the type that always wants to go. Always wants to fit more in. Get more done. But at some point, I have to think about what's next. The next week is going to be more exhausting than this past one, so maybe taking today to rest is actually a good thing. Sometimes you have to listen to your body and do what it needs. Once you listen, take the appropriate mindset.
If I don't get anything done, I feel like I've wasted a day. If I decide today is for resting, then I've done what I need to do.
I had a much more in depth second half to this post, but I stupidly hit the wrong button and lost it all. I did my best to re-write it, but it's way later than I'm happy with, so I'm just posting this one as-is.
At the beer hall yesterday, I waved some Brazilians over to hang out with us. My friend and I decided to draw a portrait of one of them. Together. At the same time. With the same pen. It looks a little more like an Angry Bird than a Brazilian, but it was a fun experiment. The bottom half is our attempt to sign the piece of art. With both of our names. At the same time.
- Communicate: Yes.
- Write: Yes.
- PT: Yes.
- Meet someone new: Yes. Software developer from Canada who's working on Augmented Reality.
- Do something new: Yes. Swung from a stripper pole at the hostel bar. (Seemed like a good idea at the time...)