When you travel, no matter how—walking, hiking the most dangerous trail, biking...even traveling through life itself—you have to stop at times to look, to use your senses, even if simply to enjoy the moment. But yes as JD said, merely to become aware. And aware of what?

As I was reading his piece it reminded me of something I had just re-edited in my current book and that I am considering publishing as an excerpt, more or less as a response to what he wrote. Most of the Scrittura writers don’t like what I’ve been saying in my “essay” pieces because they prefer the lie of myths and such. That’s okay. This is somewhat more of the same.

It all adds up to the same thing. Hiding from the reality of the world. You cannot hide from “microabuses” when they are all around you in the real world. You cannot find a “safe space” somewhere where you are seemingly “protected” today when tomorrow there will be no safe space out in the real world where everyone actually lives. You cannot live in a bubble no matter how much you try or want to. Sooner or later you have to deal with reality.

And not only your own "reality" but everyone else's.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.