Thinking about “2020” – a term referring to good vision, clarity, a positive sign! Yet here we are: death and destruction; moral, political and economic bankruptcy abounds!
In the tumult, a big milestone upcoming, turning 50. I have been reflecting a lot on my time on earth, as I have the time at hand. How did I get here, and how do I respond to the context in which I find myself?
A half life ago, I moved to Japan. It was the most pivotal time of my life. It cleaved me in two. I shed old beliefs, that were in my bones. I realised there were fully formed other approaches to life. I was treated both as a rockstar foreigner and an alien, an outsider. I was “the other.” It made be introspective. I pared everything down, living an ascetic life. I was lean, fit and healthy.
Today, I am running, abstaining, watching things more, slowing down. This is the gift of COVID, and unemployment, but what privilege I have that I can say that. Health, simplicity, friends and family. Life is good.
“The conditions of conquest are always easy. We have but to toil awhile, endure awhile, believe always, and never turn back.”– Seneca
And so, now I enter another phase…
This Much We Know.