I’ve logged more experience than most with simplicity and the complexity you discover inside simplicity, minimalism and asocial behavior, endurance and landscape.
Here is the truth: I think some deep wisdom inside me (a) sensed the stress, (b) was terrified for me, and (c) gave me something new and hard to focus on in order to prevent me from lapsing into a despair coma — and also to keep me from having a jelly jar of wine in my hand.
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Along the shoreline, through a neighbor’s yard, in a back alley
Facing the police, facing your parents, facing the truth
Dad’s leftover stew, the kids’ Lunchables, coffee and pie with a friend
A detour in Samoa, an encounter in a bar, a snowfall in Colorado
Conspicuous consumption, retail therapy, a botched makeover
A miraculous experience, a mixed-faith couple, a big fat question mark
A commercial fisherman, a difficult pregnancy, a widowed father
Flunking a driver’s test, frightening a bully, grown up at fourteen
After school, after a divorce, after an earthquake
Under the Milky Way, after the fireworks, out of the closet