“What if I’m not the main character?” I think it ought to be more understood that we should be the main characters of our story. I think it should also be understood that we are not the main character in anything else. Your life is a hardly a flash in the span of the universe’s grandeur and time and all of our delusions can be easily removed from the cosmic scale with hardly a ripple.
Scary, isn’t it? All that we are is laughable. For if we don’t at least snicker at the comedic value of living, than we are overwhelmed by its tragedy.
I spent a part of yesterday playing mandolin the park, letting my moment be photographed by passing tourists. I ate dinner with two of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I curled into the warmth of knowing I am loved by forces and people far wiser than me.
And today we hiked and drove. I ran from a bird. I swear to god these Keas are scary.
It was a good day.
“Run Forrest, run.”
And he ran. For “no particular reason. People just couldn’t understand it.”
I had never seen Forrest Gump before this evening, and like so many before, I found myself falling in love with the careful southern drawl sharing his mama’s wisdom.
He ran and fought and saved lives. He loved and cried and spoke. He worked. Most importantly, he was loved.
“My mama used to say you can tell a lot about a person from his shoes.”
His mama cared for him. Told him he was no different. She loved him just the way he was and was never ashamed of him. He was exposed to travelers and happenstances. He remembered clear lakes and sunrises. He collected a feather and his favorite book was Curious George.
He is a character.
But I’m pretty sure we are too.
Characters waiting to see what shows up in our box of chocolates.
I met two Canadian protagonists today. Matt and Liam have surfed and wandered their way through Australia and New Zealand. Unlike the many backpackers who choose to mosey about, they have chosen this temporary lifestyle for a vastly different reason than most. They are not here to drink. Nor are they here to find themselves. They are here to be themselves.
And that makes a huge difference.
Play guitar and piano. Know goodbyes aren’t necessarily forever. Travel alone. And go home.
But not because you have to
Because you want to.
perhaps I’ll tell your story to a stranger at a bus stop, just to see how long they listen