“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
― Margaret Atwood
Every once in a while, the theme for the weekly photo challenge echoes our travel philosophy: sink your feet into the earth; take a breath of fresh air; let the sun colour your skin; water cleanse your soul; and the wind threaten to take you along.
“How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?”
― Paulo Coelho
It takes courage to experience the elements — in their wildest form. The thought of crumbling might appear within the first few steps. Hang on. The will to survive will eventually defeat fear. In those cold, dark moments you will truly learn to appreciate the world we live in; respect it, and be humbled by its power over you.
“If Light Is In Your Heart
You Will Find Your Way Home.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi
I’m miles away from home. Every day spent away — makes me feel more lost and confused. Every unfamiliar thing around me has slowly begun to feel very familiar and that scares me. Because as I change, so will the memories of home, until home might just become a memory for me. That’s when, I try to seek comfort in the elements. They’ll always be the same — no matter where I’m looking from.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.”
― Gary Snyder
There’s a lot to gain from finding a home in nature. You don’t have to draw lines or build houses in the air. You don’t have to pay loans, worry about bills, or have your paperwork in place. No matter where you go, or who you become, home will be easily found in the experiences you’ve felt. You can’t forget the salty breath of the ocean or the kiss of a gentle wave. And there’s no worry — a walk along the shore cannot solve.
“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.”
― William Shakespeare
We’ve travelled, lived, and felt like home at different places on this fascinating planet that we call earth. And some might seem obsessed by defining who they are — by the lines they lie within. I’ve realised, you can never let a line define you or who you are. A line can contribute towards the making of who you could become; but under the blue sky — we’re all equally dependant on that large, brown mass of earth — to keep us safe through day or night.
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair”
― Kahlil Gibran
Almost every childhood memory of mine had something to do with running. And when you run, the wind becomes your friend. The faster you run; the closer you get to it. As an adult, I’ve always wanted to run away from situations and escape everything that ties me down. It’s the only time I feel free from the weight of expectation.
“The universe is a pretty big place. If it’s just us, seems like an awful waste of space.”
― Carl Sagan
Maybe, my answer lies in the void that surrounds us. Surrounded by stellar giants, galaxies, celestial objects, and darkness we can only theorise about; I seek refuge in our planet. As long as it lets me be (wherever I may be); I’ll be home.