I have no tattoos, but I’ve always loved them on other people. I just haven’t found anything yet that I’m sure I want on my skin forever. An English backpacker I knew, who had dozens of tattoos visible, told me over bubble tea that he loves his because each one reminds him of where he was in life when he got it.
Trying not to be rude, I asked him why he needed those reminders to be permanent features of his body.
His answer was that there was nothing more important to him than to never forget that his life used to be something really different than it is now, and that it was real. They remind him that right now is real, even though life will look really different to him when he looks at them a year later.
“If I’m going really let myself enjoy life and not stress I need to know at least that,” he said. “That I had a lot of lives already and still have heaps to go.” I didn’t quite understand and he seemed to sense that, but finally the right thought found him: “My tattoos make me remember I’m here.”
A year ago I asked a quick question of you and the response blew me away. I wanted to know where you are right now in life, what little “corner of time” you were in, and how you got there.
My corner right now looks so different than this time last year, including where I am physically, what’s on my mind, what’s on the horizon and what’s behind me.
It fascinates me that we’re all so complex and yet it’s so rare that we get someone’s own words about where they are in life right now. Everyone walking down the street has a complete setting and backstory for the very moment they’re in, and it’s always a total mystery to us. Except right now, if you’ll share with us.
So tell us, where are you right now? What is your corner of time like?
I’d love to hear updates from anyone who posted last time, and new storytellers too.
This is how you do it, as I put it last time:
Look away from the screen for a moment. Take a half-minute off from your blog-reading and look at the people and objects around you right at this instant. Get a good feel for the moment’s scenery and emotional tone, and when you’re done, read on.
(Do it now.)
So you’re here. First of all, where is “here” right now, physically, and how did you get to this moment in life? How does today feel for you?
What’s on your mind? What is huge for you right now? What keeps returning to your thoughts? Free association is fine.
Where does it feel like life is headed right now? What’s coming up? What seems to be exiting your life right now?
Even if you don’t normally comment, please do.
I’ll share mine in a bit.
Photo by danny hammontree