I spent my life at sea level.
Now I’m at above 5000 feet and the climate adjustment has scrambled my brain. I’m a regular anagram of humanity’s imperfection these days. Today, it’s gray outside. After several years of writing fiction in gray weather I think to write today. I scramble in current daily interactions to summon up familiar reference points from other places that help shape my relationship to Boulder. And in doing so, I might as well have put salt in my coffee instead of sugar.
It seems when one decides to change, one decides to let the layers of chaos reign; for awhile anyway. New scenes, new events, new people with one point of focus–new organizational structures for living.
Mountain biking in Boulder under big skies where each quadrant holds a completely new landscape is very different than Mountain biking in Forest Park, Portland under gray skies and many, many trees. I had more than enough oxygen and pleasant visions of people, dogs, florescent greens everywhere. And yet something inside was panicked without the sky I have now. But where’s that oxygen? My mileage on the bike has gone from 10 miles per day to 2. But the mileage of the spirit is another thing altogether. Even in thin air and scrambled it’s easy to see that the land here in Colorado is story filled, empathetic, and gently expressive through the animals and people.
I think about the internet. How are we organizing our relationship to something so episodic and random?
The web is lateral not linear, it doesn’t establish time in a hierarchical fashion. We create that hierarchy when we take control of our relationship to it–the context of it’s meaning in our lives. I think the same is true for the big changes. The big moves, the new babies, the losses, the new ideas becoming concrete in the world.
Change is a whole world within itself. It’s necessary, and it’s just this thing that calls you out and says, “So everything’s messy and wonderful and frightening, you started this, so whatyagonnado ’bout it?”
My answer today is to let the single line live amongst the scrambled. That is, adventure into the things that are different, random and some that are the same — the foods that I’ve never eaten before, the thin air that feels like it’s choking out old thoughts and forcing new. Something tells me that amongst all the unfamiliar something else is taking shape. I am just the little flutist in the corner with messy red hair cheering it on.
Dakota on the other hand, on November 7 just held up a simple sign: “I Vote No on Change.” That’s a rabbit for ya!