A friend posted this quote to Facebook yesterday. I don’t know who it’s from (so I can’t properly attribute it) but I’ve heard a similar sentiment from other similarly inclined folks. She claims it was originally from anarchistnews.org:
Hello. I am dying, inside and out, and I need wildness. I need freedom. I need resolve to this life long battle for acceptance of myself. I need to know the feeling of an unlit night. I need to adventure. I need to return to the place where I was born. To be attached to life at every moment. I need to come alive! I cannot do it without you. So, put down your sign and raze the buildings to the earth with me…the whole world is waiting.
Here’s my response.
Hello. I hear you are dying and this is what I do. I bear witness to you and story for you. I am here to help take away the blindness you have carried for so long. Where you see buildings, I see gray cliffs. Where you see houses, I see short hills. Where you see roads, I see smooth paths. Where you see chains, I see sad decisions by people who are blinded by the decisions of others just as handicapped as them. To be wild, you must be willed. It is not a destination; it is a conversation. If you want this feeling back in your life, you must invite the others back in. Make your cliff into a place the birds want to roost and nest. Make your home a haven to the diverse species of the world. If you want an unlit night, invite your neighbors to turn off their lights and join you in celebration around a fire whether its in a grill or a single candle. Stop thinking that burning down the buildings is anything more than making rubble when the fire you truly need to burn is in your heart. Are you strong enough for that? If you are, then do it. If you are not, seek out others. Together, we are strong. I’m there for you, to bear witness to you and story for you. Hello.
This is, I feel, part of the heart of transitioning. See the world in different way. Take what is around you and make something beautiful. And you’re not alone. There’s always someone out there to help out. Often it’s not easy — or as regular as we’d like — but there’s help. You just have to ask.