Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.
Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
Been a while since I’ve climbed a mountain. Haven’t felt that rollercoaster of physical exertion and rest hack at my endurance and sanity thousands of kilometers above sea level. I have been living in a plateau and am enjoying the time off.
But it’s time to get back to the saddle. My new employer will be proud. It’s been a few weeks, and not surprisingly, I’m basking at the non-existent attention. I find peace in experiencing the coming and goings of a structured office without feeling the need to join in. I bask in the shadows, and I know that sounded creepy, but what can you do? It’s my plateau.
But how are you? Which mountains have you crossed lately, both physically and mentally? I hope you’re taking notes of how the world moves. It matters still. Remember to rest, though. You need it, no matter the speed everyone moves around you.
You’re always in my thoughts. Breathe.