The States of Adrift
The sea is an example of nature that is unforgiving and ruthless. Each wave crashing above the surface or eerie stillness of the sea is a reminder of our forlorn existence. We are impermanent. We come into and leave this world alone; the period in between is marked by our contact with nature. Our identities, actions, memories that arise from these contacts, are enclosed within ourselves and we naively believe that these traits connect us with one another. However, we can never fully be appreciated by others - we are truly alone. In the uncertain landscape of our lives, we struggle with denials, betrayals, resentments, and disappointments. As such, we need to remind ourselves that despair, like us, is impermanent and we must find comfort in our loneliness. Perhaps loneliness can offer a respite from the grind of nature and become a place of solace and contemplation.