Posted by: Amanda | January 19, 2008

Recognizing Myself

See the Augusteum.

” I look at the Augusteum, and I think that perhaps my life has not actually been so chaotic, after all. It is merely this world that is chaotic, bringing changes to us all that nobody could have anticipated.  The Augusteum warns me not to get attached to any obsolete ideas about who I am, what I represent, whom I belong to, or what function I may once have intended to serve. Yesterday, I might have been a glorious monument to somebody, true enough – but tomorrow I could be a fireworks depository.  Even in the Eternal City, says the silent Augusteum one must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.”

From Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert pg 75

I am reading this book that has become super popular in the book club rounds, on the recommendation of a friend who has been privy to intermittent parts of my “dissonance”.

This is the third book I have encountered in 2008 (the first two inadvertently, I just liked the titles), where the main character was in their mid to late thirties and going through a dramatic (much more dramatic than mine) experience of re-examining of self and priorities.

I have also had two long term relationships (one friend, one family) reconnect in a new way since October, and to my surprise be able to affirm me in the most present details of the tangible touch-point.

The touch-point affirms me in the other two points embodying the dilemma.

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