the widening gaze
I just stopped in the middle of cleaning the drawers of my new room before starting to put away my things in it, and sat back on my feet to watch the reflection of the lamp and the candles in the window, glowing against a dark cloud in the dusky sky. It was one of those moments when you feel your vision going out, and like an astronaut sees the whole earth suspended in space, I suddenly became intensely aware of this city: of the people living in the neighbouring houses, in the house opposite mine and the one to the back, and the ones connected to those again, the people in this neighbourhood, and in neighbouring neighbourhoods, in the whole city. And it made me feel humble and sad and joyful all together, to think that we are all connected, all united in our shared pursuit of living, all the hundreds and thousands and millions of people, all individuals, all breathing and thinking and acting alongside me.
While I’m building my little nest, I’m feeling very small and very honoured to share this earth, this space, this life with you.