I sit facing the sunrise as the night sky begins to fall behind my back. As the thick fog rolls down, it covers me completely. When I hold my hand up to my face, I see nothing. All I can feel is dew on my shoulder blades. And when it passes, my skin is changed. It’s my escape just sitting there with a cup of coffee that quickly goes from hot to cold. But on Blue Mountain, I am not bothered by the temperature or worried about the humidity soaking through my clothes. All I am is still- with the whitewashed floorboards under my bare feet I find one little piece of peace to hold in my hand.
Though I had visited Jamaica many times when I was younger, it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I went to Strawberry Hills , nestled in the gorgeous Blue Mountains. Far up in the hills above Kingston, the area is accessible only by narrow winding roads and blind curves. The smells, the experience of fog rolling down the hill, even the small things like watching hummingbirds finding nectar as fluttering their little wings- all these things make the place my favorite escape.
Finding a place where you feel unbound is one of the most empowering experiences anyone can have especially when the day to day seems filled with ties. One of my favorite quotes from author Anais Nin is deals with the very subject. She writes:
“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
For women who are dreamers, I think finding ways to escape the shackles of the ordinary remains one of our biggest challenges. We find ourselves in a tug of war between the practical and the indescribable, tied to one while looking longingly up at the other. While it is hard to completely loose yourself of the everyday concerns, it is important to have some space where you feel free.
Today, as the week comes to a close recall a space where you feel no walls. Share with us Clutchettes- where is your sweet escape?