Due Date: Friday, January 24.
The coast has always been a melancholy place for me. Everything is gray and weathered. It feels lonely and timeworn. This is similar to the way I feel in antique shops, which you can certainly find plenty of at the coast.
The city is busy and bright. I love the illumination of lights at night, especially if they reflect over a body of water. I love the variety of culture, personal style, performances, and shops and eateries.
Without putting much thought into it, I would choose to be confined to a large city for five years. But I did think about it. A lot.
I think people have a tendency to fill emptiness with things. My life is especially busy right now because of school, work, preparing for marriage, a career, and other responsibilities. This go-go-go schedule can’t help but affect my expectations for a “normal life”: keeping busy, looking for ways to grow, experiencing new things — all things a place rich with culture has to offer.
It is enriching, but also exhausting.
Things are just placeholders. I think people should fill the silence with themselves. When isolated to a quiet coastal town, we only have the soft murmur of nature. When compared to what the city offers, we only have a few options for entertainment. When we are lonely or bored, we are stuck with ourselves. Yes, I do think it is important to do this primarily alone.
It makes me sad that I only pay attention to a handful of people in the crowd (the rest an identity-less blur). I want to have the time to really acknowledge each person as an individual consciousness, and I don’t think a person can really do that when constantly saturated with things. This can include any number of pressures: academic, societal, marital, personal. We constantly label ourselves. We constantly fill the void with things.
I truly think five isolated and quiet years would offer me relaxation, renewal, and enlightenment. I think it would help slow time. I think it would remind me that I’m not another face in the crowd, and that I shouldn’t treat my time as a means to an end.
Does that make sense?
Thinkies & Thoughties is inspired by The Book of Questions by Doctor Gregory Stock. Grab a cup of coffee — or something a little stronger — and sit down, open up, and share yourself every Friday.
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