I have been thinking a lot about change lately. More specifically, this year has been filled with a lot of change for me, personally. To make a long story short (because who wants to read about me!), I have had two significant changes in my life. First, I bought a condo on the other side of the city. This was a big deal, not only because of the financial commitment, but also because I had been in my last place for over 10 years. I was definitely trying to shake things up. Second, I got a different job! While this job is still teaching, it is completely different from what I have been doing. I will be working with different curriculum at a different age group. These changes are ones that I embrace, ones that I look forward to. That said, as I adjust, I find myself looking for the constants in my life. So much has changed, what has stayed the same?
Since this is a blog about being a Duran Duran fan, you are probably not surprised that one of the big constants in my life is being a Duranie! This really hit me as I began packing all of my Duran related stuff. I began to ask myself, “Do I really have this much Duran stuff? Is it too much?” I even asked my dear friends on Facebook to guess how many boxes my Duran stuff filled up? Now, of course, box sizes vary wildly, the answers ranged from about 10 to about 45. The answer? 37. Now, before you all freak out and tell me that my obsession has gone too far, about 10 or so were shoe boxes. They were small. It is my excuse and I’m sticking to it!!!
Now, I’m basically unpacked. I have a few areas that I would like to reorganize but there are no more boxes. Pictures and knick knacks have been strategically placed. Ah…more constants in my life. The last room in the condo to be completed is my office. I’m so excited for this space. In my old place, whenever I had work to do, it was on the dining room table. Piles appeared and organization was challenging. My new office offers me space to work, whether that work is part of my paid job or whether it is blogging, book writing or event planning as part of my fandom. It probably isn’t surprising that my office is filled with all of the 37 boxes of Duran stuff.
My office makes me feel warm. It is filled with objects that represent memories and good times. The room reminds me that Duran Duran has been in my life for over 20 years. I’m glad that they have been a part of my life and the soundtrack to my life. My thoughts then shift to the band and them finishing DD14, the next Duran album. I wonder if they are embracing change with it? While I know how much of a good thing change can be, I also appreciate what has remained constant. I believe it is a delicate, but important balance.