It is weird. Despite ease and location, and while not necessarily a desire–more a willingness really, there are some things that just don’t get done. What am I rambling on about this time you ask. I only hope I can explain this without it being a whine.
Basically, I missed my town’s street festival again. I distinctly recall a week or two ago seeing the sign and promising myself that “this year (or this time)” I would go. I totally forgot this promise to myself and only happened to realize it when I was at the grocery store. Had I gone to a different store, I wouldn’t even be here writing about it now.
I’ve been living here for eleven years and I have never gone. While obviously some of those were probably conflicting with other events, and I probably didn’t know about it the first year…that still leaves a bunch of them that I missed.
I am struggling with the why. What is it about thing that are right around the corner that you can miss so easily? What is it about things that you could easily do, but just never get around to? Sure, I could blame it on laziness, but that can’t be the only reason.
When I lived in Japan, I did lots things during my free moments. I visited castles, temples, shops and other sightseeing places. I went for drives. I took expensive elevators up towers to see the view. I planned weekends on trains and hotels. While it took some effort, I didn’t seem to mind. However, when it is right outside my backdoor, it becomes much harder.
Maybe it is the same for everyone. When traveling or living abroad, you’ve already bought into the adventure. You came to see things. When you’re at home, you’ve got other concerns. The grass needs cutting, the laundry needs doing…and don’t even remind me of the TV. When I was in Japan, except for a Sumo tournament, there was very little I absolutely had to watch on TV. I never once came back from time away wondering if I had missed something.
As for the street festival, I am not sure what I would be missing anyway. Having never been, I am unsure what the booths would have held.