“I’m not playing with death, I’m playing with life.” – Jetman Yves Rossy
Returning to nature is a grounding experience. Vital. And every so often it’s necessary for humans to feel the dirt beneath their feet again, to breathe the clean air, and to stand in awe of things truly awe-inspiring.
I went to Erindi this past long weekend. This is my story.
Prologue: The road to nowhere
“A man grows most tired while standing still” – Chinese proverb
Chapter 1: Hit the road
“We meet no ordinary people in our lives.” – C.S. Lewis
Chapter 2: Rock on!
“And I can’t get it on without you. No way!” – The Rockets
Chapter 3: The scenic route
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” – Robert Frost
Chapter 4: Welcome to Erindi
“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t.” – Lewis Carroll
“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien
Chapter 5: Carnivores
“This is a ruthless world and one must be ruthless to cope with it.” – Charlie Chaplin
Chapter 6: Herbivores
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Gandhi
Chapter 7: The Lone Ranger
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.” – Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Chapter 8: Sunfall and Sunfly
“My sun sets to rise again.” – Robert Browning
Chapter 9: I saw the signs
“The only source of knowledge is experience” – Albert Einstein
Chapter 10: When giants walk
“What we do now echoes in eternity” – Marcus Aurelius
Epilogue: It was all a blur
“The eyes see only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” – Henri Bergson
This is the youngest you will ever be ever again.
Even now, that moment has passed and you will never get it back. Sad, right? Not really. That’s life, and time is our most precious asset. Some have a lot of it; some not so much. What matters, however, is not how much time you have before you expire, but what you do while you are still a living, breathing being limited only by the mind.
I’ve been busy lately. Really busy. Equal parts ambition and the desire to improve my current living situation have left me with a lot to do, which of course means I’ve been needing to prioritise somewhat. This post will be the third consecutive #DopeQuotes in a row. Now, I don’t want potential (or current) followers to feel like this is all they should expect from this blog in the future, as I feel I have so much variety to offer. Like I said, I’ve just been really busy.
Therefore, to the point of time spent, wasted or guarded by each and every person alive, I present to you my theme for this edition of #DopeQuotes.
“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
I, like most people, loved Robin Williams. And there are certain movies and moments which will endure within many of us now that he is gone. My personals favourites, for those who care, and in no particular order, are: Bicentennial Man, Jack, Aladdin, Dead Poets Society, Patch Adams, One Hour Photo and Good Will Hunting.
Which is you favourite Robin Williams movie or quote? Leave yours in the comments below, and enjoy the trip down.
My absolute favourite thing about quotes is when they finally make sense.
Growing up I inundated myself with beautiful words and interesting thoughts, but some things, especially matters of the heart, were to an immature mind comprehended yet not truly understood. Quotes say so succinctly what we as human beings go through. They are soundbites which encapsulate the vast and complicated human existence that is our lives.
And when we read one that truly resonates with our soul – that heartache, that joy, to feel truly loved and completely vulnerable, to remember that friend or soul mate who never came back – you realise that you, dear Human, are not alone. #dopequotes