Monday, 27 April 2009

Finding stuff

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes" - Marcel Proust.

You know when you're fiddling about, minding your own business and you fall upon something that makes you remember yourself - a phrase in a book, a line of a song, a simple saying. Well, I kind of had one of those moments when I came upon the above comment. When I was far younger and less wise (though wouldn't have admitted it at the time), I went through a period of pretty deep introspection. I couldn't come to terms with my mum's religious zeal, I couldn't come to terms with the parental separation, I couldn't come to terms with the poverty-laden upbringing that I was exposed to, I couldn't get comfortable in my own skin. As a result, I did a lot of searching - searching for meaning, searching for guidance, searching for that pot of gold or magic wand that would make this all go away. Fast forward to now and time and experience have smoothed out a few kinks. Don't get me wrong, I still have my moments of searching for answers to questions that were never asked in the first place or on the look out for the next new toy or experience. But generally speaking, I'm glad that my world has moved on. I like to see myself more as a finder or discoverer of things rather than someone in search of answers. It's so much better for your peace of mind.


  1. Hi Street Guru! I totally agree with you because I was needing answers for so long that I was blinded by it. My eyes are open now too and I'm discovering. It's an amazing thing to see the world with fresh new eyes!

  2. I have an award for you on my blog, Freedom of Thought

    Keep up the great writing!

  3. Hi Rain - many thanks. I have to say when I fell upon your blog yesterday I did have a feeling that that might have been the case. Keep up the good work.

    And Sandi K, many thanks again!