... I've kept my phone off today. A conscious decision after sorting through the cerebellum last night. Instead of the usual -- wake up, eat, check Facebook, start working on Nomadness-- I pulled myself away from my patterns, in an essence to (ironically) explore them in a different way. I wrote in my journal for nearly an hour, flushing thoughts and decided to do one of the only things that actively keeps me away from work...indulge in films.
Last night's dream completely f*cked my head up and totally has me one track minded to get back to Japan at some point in 2013. I have to. It's no longer an option. No longer an oasis. To continue feeding the Japanese frenzy, I popped in 'Lost In Translation'. A film that the first time I watched, I didn't get. The silence made me uncomfortable, and at that point in life I wasn't a traveler.
Then I moved to Japan. Within the first few months of living there 'Lost In Translation' became less a film, and more a mantra of my life for the year. It's so on point with its depictions of being foreigners in Tokyo. Today, while in bed viewing the film, I related on another level. The level of allowing people into your life, for however short the time period, and knowing that at some point, you also have to let them go. In my memoir, there is a chapter I wrote called 'Attachment, Detachment'. It's a theory in Buddhism, as well as a recurring theme in the life of this nomad.
...and now. Waking Life. My three favorite films are Dead Poet's Society, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind..... and Waking Life. Garner from that whatever you will. In a simple sentence the film is based on the exploration of the line in the opening scene 'Dreams are destiny.' Waking Life, is how I live my life, and sometimes I need the reminder...an adamant, aggressive, all encompassing reminder. Peep the clips below from one of the most genius films on the face of the Earth.
For the traveler in me...the curious child inside that will never die... I stick onto the quote that bridges both films for me today.
Boat Car Guy: I feel like my transport should be an extension
of my personality. And this is like my little window to the
world... and every minutes a different show. I may not
understand it. I may not even necessarily agree with it.
But Ill tell you what Ive accepted: just sort of glide along.
You want to keep things on an even key, this is what Im saying.
You want to go with the flow. The sea refuses no river.
The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while
always arriving. It saves on introductions and goodbyes.
The ride does not require explanation - just
occupance. Thats where you guys come in. Its like you
come onto this planet with a crayon box. Now you may get
the 8 pack, you may get the 16 pack but its all in what you do
with the crayons - the colors - that youre given. Dont worry
about coloring within the lines or coloring outside the lines
- I say color outside the lines, you know what I mean?
Color all over the page; dont box me in! Were in motion to
the ocean. We are not land locked, Ill tell you that.
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