I finished rereading Peter Matthiessen's The Snow Leopard yesterday. Great book. Put me in mind again of earlier times in my life when I imagined trekking somewhere, being a wanderer for a while. In retrospect I realize that my entire adult life was a sort of wander, that I was a vagabond in many ways, and not just creatively. Searching for myself. Until I found myself a few years ago, in my current season of life.
Just some of the things I've learned in my wanderings, all contrary to what we were told when I was growing up ~
- The less I have, the happier I am.
- The farther away I venture from the mainstream of modern life, the happier and more satisfied I am.
- The simpler my life is, the happier I am.
- The more I trust myself, the happier I am.
- The more I surrender to what is, the more stuff I let go of, the happier I am.
- The more solitary I am, the happier I am.
Peter Matthiessen, I'm sad to say, died just last month, at 86.