What have you changed your mind about in the past year? This is an exercise I regularly propose to help us discover whether we have become too rigid in our thinking.
I’ve changed my mind on a bunch of things recently.
1. Translation. Throughout the spring semester, I kept telling my translation students that I’m never going to work as a paid translator again. It was done, it was all in the past, I had moved on. And now I’m translating for money again, enjoying it massively, and planning to continue.
2. I was completely sure Russia wouldn’t invade Ukraine until the actual moment of the invasion. I tend to hyper-intellectualize everything and forget about the power of emotions. An invasion would be so irrational and stupid that I thought Russians would never do it. But as always, my belief in the power of rationality played a bad joke on me. Many people were in the same situation but instead of accepting that we were completely wrong, they have tried to evade an encounter with reality and kept arguing that the war wasn’t happening.
3. I was sure that I’d never vote D again because I’d never get over the lockdowns and the riots. I’m still not over the lockdowns and the riots but if Republicans don’t run any candidates with John McCain’s lucidity on Russia, I’ll have to cover my nose from the bad stench and go with the Ds. Although I’m hoping I wouldn’t have to.
These are the three big ones this year so far. What are yours?