Today is September 11. Eight years ago this very morning, I was sitting in a cube in a floundering post-dot.com technology company, getting ready to leave for the airport for a 2 day investor meeting in lower Manhattan. So much has changed since then, in the world at large and in my own world, too. If life is a rollercoaster or a symphony or some other oversimplified metaphor, the last eight years have shown me its full dimension. I suppose that’s true for all of us. According to numerologists, we experience life in 9 year cycles of endings and new beginnings, the lows creating a space for the highs around the next corner. According to Jason Lee’s character in the too-harshly criticized Cameron Crowe movie Vanilla Sky: Without the bitterness, baby, the sweet just isn’t as sweet. Sorry, I thought it was a pretty good movie.
Today I’m ready for some sweetness. In just a few hours, I’m heading to the airport for a quick flight to Mallorca to visit Amanda. I’m excited to see her; excited to meet her colorful group of new friends, excited to see first hand the dramatic topography of the island, which is absolutely stunning in her pictures.