Doing those deeply unfashionable things—slowing down, letting your spare time expand, getting enough sleep, resting—is a radical act now, but it is essential. This is a crossroads we all know, a moment when you need to shed a skin. If you do, you’ll expose all those painful nerve endings and feel so raw that you’ll need to take care of yourself for a while. If you don’t, then that skin will harden around you.
| Katherine May, Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times
All my life I have spent dreaming. All my life I have been wishing on stars and aching over sunsets, conjuring up some great big world, so far away from wherever it is that I was. I always fantasised about being somebody else, knowing that this elusive "somebody else" was just an optimal version of myself. I've always been allured by my own potential I suppose, and the potential of people that I thought I would meet. These people were ideas: they represented beliefs, extraordinary ways of life that I hoped would enter into dialogue with my own and pull me out of a deep ocean.