Saturday, June 16, 2012

Daydream Believer

Last night my best friend from China came over after a long day on set. In typical fashion, we resigned ourselves to sitting on the couch and surrendered to the sweet mind-numbing wormhole that is TLC programming. She was painting her nails when I noticed a lovely leather notebook in her purse. Between the last pages there were some pieces of folded-up stationery, I opened them to find a handful of diagrams and schedules she had written in Chinese. To my western eyes, the neatly handwritten characters looked ancient and whimsical. I asked her if I could take a photo for my blog, but she told me that she had never shown them to anyone, and she felt it was too personal. She explained that they were here daily schedules, but she had never actually followed any of them, they were simply her "dream schedules" most of which began waking up at 6 AM to do yoga. She offered to write me my own dream schedule, and I gladly agreed. She quizzed me about what my ideal day would look like, and wrote everything down on neon notebook paper. We ended up having to tape two pieces together because the list was so long. I've always been an over-achiever. We put the schedule on my kitchen table to take a picture of it, and she set a few candles at the top of the paper. She said a few words willing the cosmos to make my daydream schedule come true for me in the future. After she finished, we blew out the candles together, and she let her hair fall out of her ponytail. Then, we danced around to my favorite Yardbirds record until we were out of breath. At this point we realized that we had become incredibly out of shape, and would be ill-advised to make any more sudden movements. We got some cold soda from the vending machine and returned to our beloved couch. The heading of the schedule, surrounded in glittery tape, says "Daydream." At the beginning of the day, I eat some blueberry waffles in bed, and in the evening I ride my horse through a field of wildflowers and watch the sunset (obviously), I have forgotten what the rest says, and so it will remain a secret to those of you who, like me, have no idea how to read it. <3

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