August 22, Palo Alto, CA: Had a lot of fun at a shoot today. It was a major contrast to the one I did two weeks ago, when I was completely unfocused. Thinking back to my time in DC, a friend who read what I wrote that way suggested that life wouldn't give me more than I can handle. It made me remember two times last year when I reacted to some particularly tough times by interpreting them as life's way of providing a check in. And when I think about my recent visit home in that context, it shows me how much things have changed for me. I definitely would not have been able to cope with all that went on two weeks ago if those things had happened last year. In the words of my friend, "the proof is in the proof."