Saturday, September 13, 2008
Master of the Mediocre, once again
There are those that live their lives for the experience. The adrenaline junkies looking for their next thrill. The wonder-seekers who are searching for their next inspiration. The types of people who always feel the urge to be doing something. And then there are people who are just looking for those mundane -- yet in itself, extraordinary -- experiences that can give a person solace, contentment, and peace of mind.
I'm one of those solace-seekers.
In Alaska, I have never felt more peace than being in the middle of a blizzard, the wind and snow whipping around me, chilling me to the bone. The skies at night in Alaska were always filled with wonderment, millions of stars reaching out to infinity, or the green-blue ribbons of the Northern Lights, filling up the vastness of space. At night, the moonlight would shine on the ice encrusted snow, throwing up millions of sparkles challenging the light of the night sky.
In Hawaii, being in the sandy back yard of our house, sitting in the mango tree, feeling the soft island breeze as the salty air infused everything with the smell of the ocean, gave me a feeling of home that I have never really experienced. Being able to travel up Haleakala and seeing the ocean surround the entire island always reminded me how immense this world is, and how often, caught up in my own microworld, I forget that.
There are always these small moments in time, these small packets in the matrix of space, where I feel that all seems right in the world. When the elements are raging, or suddenly and uncharacteristically calm, I feel peace. And I love that feeling.
Here in Taiwan, there's currently a typhoon raging outside. Earlier tonight, I sat in our laundry/covered-patio room, coffee in one hand, book in the other, and enjoyed the few moments of just being.
Some days I feel guilty that I don't have the desire to experience all I can in this world, and that all I crave is the mundane life, content with just being mediocre. But for this weekend, it's enough. ^_^
(*note. These pictures are just some pictures of: pic 1 -- my pups on maui (photo by liz); pic 2 -- Antelope Island in Utah; pic 3 -- me in Taipei; pic 4 -- on the beach in maui)