The Gratitude Project – Musing 14.75
For the longest time, ever since I was a wee little one (you know, growing up in a post-colonial, commonwealth-English-speaking country where I imbibed paraphrases like “wee little one”) – I’ve always felt like I was meant to thrive in a different era; An era when capitalism, religion, and patriarchy didn’t exist.
I was meant to romp around with my loved ones, human and non-animal alike, in the somewhat scary freedom of the natural world.
I say somewhat scary because the feeling is real in these visions of mine. And these “natural worlds” that they take place in span the spectrum of environmental bounty and wretchedness. Real freedom and liberation is indeed something to feel a little afraid of, I’ve come to realize. And the natural world is not some romantic paradise-like land, but a very real, occasionally dangerous place that needs to be lived in with care and caution.
It is the reason I’m never alone in these visions.
I’m always with people and animals. Because that relatively scary freedom is turned into a nurturing liberation with love and community. And the natural world we live in is respected, even feared a little, for what it is and can be to us all.
It’s why I realize that these aren’t visions of a life I was meant to live.
These are memories, past and future, of a life I’ve already lived.
And it’s the reason why I’m so fucking grateful for flashes of consciousness that smash the unidirectional linearity of time.
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