Saturday, January 26, 2013
We live our lives in sharp contrast. As I sit outside this morning watching the rain it is evoking all kinds of unexpected emotion. I close my eyes and imagine that I am sipping this coffee watching the rain under the shelter of my tent looking out at a mountain range. I dream that yesterday I have climbed a peak and today is a rest day. A day to patch torn gear, to eat lots of food, to read, write, and refresh. I come back to and realize that I am indeed in the city and that we live with too many damn comforts. My life is too fucking complicated.
We live in a noncommittal world with risks taken away and replaced with corporate induced fear.
Think about the beautiful state of mind we are delicately thrown into when we climb just a bit to far above our last piece, enter the no fall zone on a highball boulder problem, or get to the point on an alpine climb or big wall where retreat would be just as complicated as the summit.
Could we ever enter the same state of mind in everyday life? Would we want to? These are questions that I wrestle with daily; both held in tension with the yearning to just simply live and in the present. I often ponder how I can live my life in a way that fulfills both sides of my own coin. On one side sits the intense desire to give back to the world. On the other the call to nature, to be outside, and to live simply. The two sides can absolutely be present at the same time, something I've been working on for a long time, but have not found the answer to. I invite anyone reading this who has it figured out to please shoot me some tips.
The rain for some reason makes me think, "what were some of the best memories of my life?" I then think about the complexity of the human brain and the relativity of feelings to who I was at a certain point in time vs. who I am now. Why was I so present at certain periods in my life, and how can I untangle myself from the complexities of now to fall back into that clarity?
To be honest and vulnerable I haven't been writing as much due to insecurities in my own writing, but it is a new year and I'm going to start writing more, because as with any craft one must practice. I hope everyone is off to a great start in 2013!
Posted by Jacob Dolence at 10:32 AM