Mindfulness: Escape Life on Autopilot
Daily Origami is a way for us to record our off the cuff thoughts, feelings and observations about the world around us. Published every weekday, Monday through Friday.
One evening, I was on my commute home from the office when I heard the Cowboy Bebop title track TANK! playing from the speakers of the car next to me. The crescendo of the saxophone, bass, and bongo drums were so distinctive, I stopped dead in my tracks. The song moved me, jolting me out of autopilot.
Note: Listen to the song, you'll get what I mean.
The tune reminded me of the cheerfulness and excitement I felt when I was a younger, more impressionable girl. I remembered all the hopes and dreams I had of getting out of my dead end town and conquering/traveling the world.
In that moment, I wondered: What am I still doing here? Is this where I want to be?
The whole day I’d been feeling like I was asleep at the wheel, a prisoner of my routines. Then all of a sudden, TANK!, and a rush of emotions, memories, and questions jolted me back to life.
As the busy Los Angeles traffic crawled forward, I could hear the lyrics:
I think it's time to blow this scene.
Get everybody and their stuff together.
Three, two, one...let's jam!
The band breaks out, and my car turns the corner.
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Happy weekend everyone! Tune in next week as we keep experimenting and improvising.