Never be afraid to get dirty, but be sufficiently sure-footed to avoid the abyss of contamination.


There’s a nice rhythm to the nightly routine of Pinky and the Brain:

Pinky: Gee, Brain. What do you want to do tonight?
Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky: try to take over the world!

Oliver Sacks has rhythm, too: a culinary rhythm, to be precise. The Musicophilia author eats the same thing every day of the week. Sacks’s rhythm and deviations from it are mentioned in part of an episode of Radiolab.

This week found me deviating dramatically from my weekly rhythm, and while the deviations were welcome, it was comforting to receive a text Saturday morning about meeting at the market without specifying any more details, and to grab brunch after the market rendezvous. These weekly meetups have only been going on for a couple months, but their apparent consistency have become one of the highlights of my week.

This consistency is all an illusion, of course. If anything, the rhythm changes constantly, and I must adapt. I am already seeing the changes as I take on new challenges and meet new people; however, these routines provide a beat that makes the week recognizable, and I look forward to them.

Tomorrow includes another common beat in the weekly rhythm, and it happens to be the one where I learn to improvise along with changing rhythms and melodies. I can’t wait.

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