Something for Real

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I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. January 1 is just another day. I decided to change my life for reasons that have nothing to do with the transition of numbers on a calendar. A plan I’ve been gestating for years is finally real. I made the commitment. I have a lease. My future landlady and I signed it on Main Street, Truth or Consequences, at an outdoor table in front of Passion Pie Café the morning of Wed. Dec. 28th. Friends in T or C have congratulated me, telling me it’s the best decision I ever made. The to-do list is growing. It’s hard not to keep thinking about it or imagining disasters that could intervene in my plan. I’m glad I have writing to focus my mind and yoga and meditation to quiet its hundreds of questions, or I’d be spinning inside. I’m focusing on the constructive work of getting ready and on trusting life’s unfolding process, trusting the flow of synchronicities that made this change possible. The process of winding down one phase of my life and beginning the next will be complicated even though the goal is simplicity. I hardly own anything but I’m going to own even less. Travel less, need less, and be more. Retire early and fully embrace T or C. Art. Hot springs. The Rio Grande. The desert. People who get me. I love the place. It’s been my heart’s home for years. At the end of this academic year it will be my full-time home. I may teach a college course or two online, teach a few yoga classes around town, but writing will be my full-time occupation.

“I’ve been a dreamer so long now. It’s time I did something for real.

There’s just no point in being alive if you don’t live the way you feel.”

    From the song “Something for Real” by T or C artist Don Hallock.

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Something for Real

    • T or C is indeed a charming town in its eccentric way. I see the boats in the lake at Elephant Butte while I run the trails above it. Wonderful view, all that blue water in the middle of the desert. A little NM refresher: T or C’s former name is Hot Springs. Radium Springs is south of us in Dona Ana county near Las Cruces. You probably passed through both back in the day.

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  1. Thank you for writing this; it hit me between the eyes. It’s time for me to move on, and I am thrilled for you. You won’t regret your decision, either. I have spent so much time talking about my own writing, looking for places to live in NM or AZ and doing nothing about either. This has given me impetus.

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