We met a lovely and true-to-form German man at the opera the other night. He was so practical, 6’7″, very kind, and totally straightforward. He was very docile and calm, but he was definitely German to the core, and in the most delightful of ways for us – it felt like interacting with family, despite the obvious distance between us.
He asked me at one point what I had studied while in Europe – my mom had mentioned my having studied in Wien and Germany. I replied, “Language and Culture.”
He considered it, gave a small smile, and replied, “Language and culture… It sounds like everything and nothing.”
I considered his words, and chuckled heartily. It was, indeed, true.
Conversation went to a bit of something else, and then returned to my studies and what “language and culture” meant. “Grammar, history, arts, religion, social change, music, poetry, writing, dialects, politics…,” I listed easily, trailing off slightly by the end, all of us understanding that there obviously were many more I could list.
“So, it sounds like you are qualified for just about everything, then,” declared honestly the German.
I smiled. “Everything and nothing…” And we all smiled, gave a bit of a chuckle, and felt the irony of it together, to varying degrees.
I understood the turn of phrase best of all, having experienced most acutely the struggles of the truth of this joint statement of ours… I am qualified for just about everything, then,… everything and nothing…
Thus, the question remains: What, of all of that everything and nothing, do I choose to pursue right now, for now?
I think my recent thoughts have been accurate: I need some more art in my life – self-made art. 🙂
So, let’s art… for now… and let’s be comfortable and secure in the fact that it is okay to have this be for now, and to have something else, something presently unknown, be the what’s next… Yes, indeed.
Everything and nothing, my dear… you can do it, Banana. 🙂