I was feeling stagnant and unproductive in Austin. So, I took my car accident money and ran. To the end of the world. As far as I could go with my dog and without a passport. To the desert border town of Terlingua, Texas.
I thought the heat and space would be rejuvenating. Mountains are good for giving one perspective. I needed to step out of the scene and look at the bigger picture. We are all so small and insignificant. ‘When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?’
‘All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.’ I came to the dust in my attempts to return.
It did not work.
This excursion has made me realize I should listen to my heroes. They are wise. Adrian Belew wrote a song called “Inner Revolution,” and he was exactly right. There is no where ‘hip’ left to move to. No where where ‘it’ is happening. Everywhere is stagnation at this point. Even, Austin, the national hotbed for live music, is darkness and insanity.
This is a positive blessing, I believe. As money is running short on everyone. It is a relief to know you do not need to move to the big city to make things happen. All you need is yourself and the internet. I love the internet so much. No matter how dumb the powers try to make it seem – we are all connected. From now until forever more.
They can suppress this revolution for a moment, but change is as inevitable as the dawn.
And it will start with you. Wherever you are. Whatever you are doing, you will do it with a new perspective, so it will become a totally new thing. Whatever it is.
You are the new Austin or Brooklyn. You and your approach to life will be as rejuvenating as a desert rain. And, believe me, you may feel small, I know I do, but even a little rain can do wonders on a dismally parched land. Just try and see what blooms around you.
I mean, if I am writing this at the end of the world, just imagine what can be done in the thick of it.