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Rules for Anchorites

Letters from Proxima Thule


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Wow, I'm not sure I can convey just how very much I disagree with that sentiment.

I don't think it's necessary to climb the highest mountains, dive the deepest seas, do the most and the biggest and the best of everything. But I absolutely think it is critical to look beyond your own backyard, to seek out new experiences--even if they're just the backyards of other people, so you can get a sense of how they live, too. To seek out art of other eras and other cultures, to see how other people have seen. And to not rely on other people to be the world for you, because that's more burden than anyone can fairly be asked to bear.

I tend to agree with you. That was his message, though, after nearly dying, losing some friends, and some of his fingers and/or toes. :)

Annie Dillard's slim tome "The Writing Life" is buoyant with the idea that one can look inwards to find vast landscapes. My yoga instructors would agree.

I travel passionately. I speak various languages, and have spent a third of my life overseas. Yet as I grow older and witness more of the world, I find myself appreciating the sentiment that "all the adventure and love and beauty you will ever need can be found in your own backyard."

I think every traveler must decide for herself whether the journey is to be inwards, or out.

German expresses the tension well. The word 'homesickness' has a companion similar to 'wanderlust'; the pain felt when one thinks of home, and the pain felt when one thinks of far places: Heimweh and Fernweh.

Weh in German means ache - which I find a most accurate term for the sensation.

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