New # 5: This one is a bit more intangible than the rest as it is a new of feeling about way an experience I have had many times. But as this is a journey of discovery including self-discovery, I think this counts. On Saturday I once again helped with the backstage parts of a yearly dance show in Richmond. I have done crew stuff before, I even directed a few plays back in the day, and I have performed in shows. So this is not a new experience in and of itself. The newness comes from the overwhelming feeling of rightness and confidence that I felt during this particular show. Gone was the myriad of self doubts and worry that usually plagues me, even if only for a short while. This brief reprieve of anxiety might in part be due to the fedora that I was able to borrow and looked so smashingly amazing in. However the confidence to even accept the hat for the afternoon rather than demurely decline such a gracious offer from someone I had just met was a new confidence.
New # 6: In an effort to get to know my town better, I went into three new stores this week. I found a shoe stores that sells Danskos and an international grocery store! The other store was supposed to be a thrift store but I am convinced it is a front and I will never set foot in it again.