I had a low week last week. I’m not normally a superstitious person, and I don’t think horoscopes are credible, but I felt like my cosmic mojo was all off. Perhaps the moon was in the second sun and Jupiter wasn’t aligned with Mars. All I wanted to do was surf the net with a hot cup of instant coffee in my hand. (Alas, we have no coffee machine in our apartment.)
Last Thursday night I decided to watch the movie Yes Man despite my usual reluctance about Jim Carrey.
The only movies I’ve enjoyed were his serious roles–Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show. Because he’s shown that he has acting muscle, I decided to give it a shot. I wasn’t disappointed, believe it or not. It was decent and not over-the-top. Also, I’m enchanted by Zooey Deschanel after her performance in Elf. She’s the cutest, and she can sing!
The concept of Yes Man is that Jim Carrey has chosen to follow an infomercial-type scheme to say yes to everything because it puts positive energy in the world and makes him feel better. The only complication is that saying yes doesn’t always mean doing good things. Also, saying yes can leave a person exhausted and sick. However, the feeling I got after the movie told me that perhaps I should say yes to more opportunities in Santiago. Also, perhaps I should make some things happen to get me out of my slump. I’ve been falling into the trap of “Nothing’s going on!”
I mentioned that Friday night my language school had a happy hour. My initial instinct was to say no because it places me outside my comfort zone. After using up my “no” limit with my Spanish teacher (whom I adore), I had to say yes to Friday. And I had a fantastic time. I even brought the karaoke house down with “Killing me Softly. ”
Last week another friend had told me about her hiking group, and I knew that they had a hike planned on Sunday. I had run out of excuses–I actually did not have any grading or instructional work to do on Sunday–so I made another leap out of my comfort zone. Guess what–even more fantastic time! We went about two hours from Santiago to Parque Nacional El Morado. The park contained a glaciar and gorgeous mountainscapes.
I’m not going to turn into a yes woman, but I am going to try to push myself out of my comfort zone. The hike completely lifted my spirits. I turned off the computer for a few hours today and left the apartment. I talked to strangers again. I asked my vegetable man how his weekend was and he looked at me like I was crazy, as usual.
Have the stars aligned and brought back my mojo?