Something occurred to me the other day as I was looking back on my childhood. I remembered learning about the phases of the “water cycle.” You know, where rain falls to the ground which forms rivers which flow into oceans which evaporate into clouds which condense back into rain.
I think what they neglected to tell me was that this cycle is a continuous process. It does not go in stages like one after another but it is a nonstop circle that feverishly flows through and around the globe. That water molecule that dripped off the tip of your nose in the shower this morning is already halfway to Paris by now.
We think we can chop the world up into pieces and come to some understanding of this little piece and that little piece, but it all slips through our fingers. We forget that change and motion are not concepts but the underlying cause of it all.
I too am inextricably tied into it. I am 70% borrowed water. I inhale oxygen that was exhaled by trees and those same trees inhale the carbon dioxide that I exhaled. The calcium and magnesium in my teeth exploded from stars and spun into the earth before coming into my body when I was just a child. The energy flowing through my fingers as they type type type away was absorbed by the leaf of a plant from the very sun that lights up every morning.
Everything that you think is you is simply one point in this continuous flow called life. You are less an object and more a candle flame, continuously burning the light of your heart into this world. You are the living earth in this particular form.
Did you know that lightning strikes the earth eight million times a day? Ions and electrons continuously shifting, changing, floating up with the vapor.
And then a FLASH comes, and a BOOM, and the entire sky lights up. And it all happened so quick but goddamn was it quite a show. Yeah, life is kinda like that.