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Pinakothek der Moderne, a wooden necklace

after three weeks away from home, i am spread around the globe like fly on a windshield, except i am alive and will now reassemble myself slowly, before i jump off again.
first there was a week in beijing. and i have learned so much there about myself and life that i will need to think about it for a while, and maybe a while long enough to outlast me.
that is very possible.
the thinking i was pulled into on this trip to china was so fundamental and so deeply set in human existence that it is not something i can just simply put in words or write about as if it were just another occurrence.
not that i would write about any other occurrence here.
then the two following weeks were spent in germany, in some places familiar and in some places much less familiar. and the airline lost my baggage for about 10 days, so there was a very vulnerable quality to most of the time spent in bavaria and swabia.
i felt lost at times, even though i should not have.
and felt cornered, and angry. for no reason visible to the outside world.
so in a way this was also a very transformational experience, but maybe this time one i do not really understand enough to even interpret properly.

it is almost midnight on the first day of the first month of 2011. and i am awake as if it were around noon of the second of january. and my suitcases are still packed. i have not even looked at the pictures again that i took in the last three weeks. there is a hum in my head and my dreams seem to be straight out of inception's abandoned scripts.

it is incredible how i manage to throw myself into this similar state almost every year. it is not that i am placing any resolutions in front of myself. it is that giant shifts somehow happen around now. and it could just me that this might be the only time left for me to actually stop for more than a day or two and to look at my feet and the ground and the ground beneath the ground and to look at the sky beyond that.
maybe. perhaps this is the only time left when i can become a set of ripples in a pond.

and all of this will probably sound ridiculous to anyone outside. and it will probably all sound ridiculous to me in a few days from now.
but it will probably not make it less valid at this current moment in time.

Pinakothek der Moderne, a wooden necklace

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I was reading a passage yesterday from Kafka am Strand by Haruki Murakami. I have only a German version at hand. The passage came back to me as I was reading your entry. Perhaps you'll find something familiar in it:

Hin und wieder hat das Schicksal Ähnlichkeiten mit einem örtlichen Sandsturm, der unablässig die Richtung wechselt. Sobald du deine Laufrichtung änderst, um ihm auszuweichen, ändert auch der Sturm seine Richtung, um dir zu folgen. Wieder änderst du die Richtung. Und wieder schlägt der Sturm den gleichen Weg ein. Dies wiederholt sich Mal für Mal, und es ist, als tanztest du in der Dämmerung einen wilden Tanz mit dem Totengott. Dieser Sturm ist jedoch kein Beziehungsloses Etwas, das irgendwoher aus der Ferne heraufzieht. Eigentlich bist der Sandsturm du selbst. Etwas in Dir. Also bleibt dir nichts anderes übrig, als dich damit abzufinden und, so gut es geht, einen Fuss vor den anderen zu setzen, Augen und Ohren fest zu verschliessen, damit kein Sand eindringt, und dich Schritt für Schritt herauszuarbeiten. Vielleicht scheint dir auf diesem Weg weder Sonne noch Mond, vielleicht existiert keine Richtung und nicht einmal die Zeit. Nur winzige, weisse Sandkörner, wie Knochenmehl, wirbeln bis hoch hinauf in den Himmel. So sieht der Sandsturm aus, den ich mir vorstelle.[...] Natürlich kommst du durch. Durch diesen tobenden Sandsturm. Diesen metaphysischen, symbolischen Sandsturm. Doch auch wenn er metaphysisch und symbolisch ist, wird er dir wie mit tausend Rasierklingen das Fleisch aufschlitzen. Das Blut vieler Menschen wird fliessen, auch dein eigenes. Warmes, rotes Blut. Du wirst diese Blut mit beiden Händen auffangen. Es ist dein Blut und das der vielen. Und wenn der Sandsturm vorüber ist, wirst du kaum begreifen können, wie du ihn durchquert und überlebt hast. Du wirst auch nicht sicher sein, ob er wirklich vorüber ist. Nur eins ist sicher. Derjenige, der aus dem Sandsturm kommt, ist nicht mehr derjeniger, der durch ihn hindurchgegangen ist. Darin liegt der Sinn eines Sandsturms.

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