“She always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.”*
We are wanderers, never arriving, always between here and there.
It may not look like this on the surface. We know exactly where we’ve arrived within certain borders – family, work, interests, nationality, friendships … .
These appear to be the critical borders, but they’re clumsy and clunky compared to the many others we cross or avoid every day: when we allow a relationship to deepen, or we spend time getting to know a stranger, when we encourage our children to pursue the things that interest them rather than look good on a report card, when we give time to explore a new idea, or stop to notice something we so often pass without paying attention.
Here we are prepared to accept that we are, in the truest sense, all ‘strange-appearing, strange-acting and strange-sounding people.’**
As Seth Godin suggests, we are all weird.^
Everyday we get to play in borderlands like these, the places that exist between people, ideas, and species and the natural world. There is always more to life than we see.
We live physical and spiritual universes with their many borders, and we are ever explorers:
‘Each universe has its own power. Each has its own beauty, and mystery’^^
(*Virginia Woolf, quoted in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project – one of Rubin’s personal koans.)
(**From Rohit Bhargava’s Non-Obvious.)
(^See Seth Godin’s We Are All Weird.)
(^^From Alan Lightman’s The Accidental Universe.)