It’s Saturday morning, the twenty-third of July in 2022, and as I write this I’m on my way to work. Well…that’s so in a manner of speaking, anyway. I don’t mean the date, though all dates are arbitrary, and therefore are always only “true” in a manner of speaking. I mean that I’m on my way to work only in a manner of speaking, because as I write this, I’m actually sitting still (but for typing) on a bench in the train station.
So, I’m not currently moving any closer, spatially, to the office, which I sometimes am doing when I write, if I’m writing on the train*. In spacetime, of course, I suppose one could say I am indeed on my way to work, since the current spacetime path along which the local pattern which is me is streaming is—unless there is some significant disruption of my plans—going to intersect with the pattern in spacetime that is the office in the not-too-distant future.
I spend more time waiting for the train on Saturdays than during the rest of the week, because the trains only come every hour on the weekend. Nevertheless, I hate getting to the station at too different a time from my usual one; the departure from routine is stressful. Plus, to be honest, I don’t tend to sleep very well into the morning, so I might as well head to the train station.
I do sometimes leave an hour later, since work technically begins an hour later on Saturdays, but this week I didn’t, because I plan to get off one station earlier and walk the remaining nearly five miles to work**. I’ve been adjusting my shoes and inserts and various things, trying out quite a few different pairs and brands (none very expensive!) to see which ones are best for long-distance walking, because I hope to do some of that very soon, and I don’t want my shoes and their effects on my feet*** to stop me. I’m making real progress, and I think I’ve gotten a couple or three pairs of shoes that do a decent job when I put the correct inserts in. Bully for me!
Supposedly, this weekend, I’ll begin moving my things into the other bedroom into which I’m supposed to be moving, because (apparently) working six days a week and having to deal with disruptions when I get home from work just doesn’t generate enough chaos in my life and mind. I’m not saying this is a particularly great imposition, as things go in the world. I’ve certainly been through worse, and I’ve endured far greater specific, local stress and pain.
But when one has no reason of any kind to endure it—no close friends, no close family who wants even to see one, no pastimes that one enjoys, no remaining ability or will to do the things that used to give one purpose and pleasure—the urge just grows and grows to up and walk away…and to keep walking until it kills one****.
At least that urge is what grows in me. I wouldn’t be surprised if no one else in the world ever got that particular urge. But it’s an urge I’ve been having for some time now, and I’ve been working my way toward it steadily. I’m pleased to say that I think I’m nearly there. I even have a new backpack arriving tomorrow from Amazon to carry some essentials, including my laptop and the like. It’s very cool!
In the meantime, I’ve been trying to think of how to arrange things so that other people’s work will be minimally disrupted by the change. I’m not going to warn anyone explicitly very far in advance before I finally decide I’m ready to begin, because they might think it’s a crazy idea and try to talk me out of it.
Also, to be honest, I’ve been dropping a lot of people a lot of hints for quite a long time that I am approaching my wits’ end, and am at risk for taking drastic action, so if they are caught by surprise—and therefore inconvenienced—I don’t think I’ll feel too guilty about it. Goodness knows other people don’t seem to worry much about inconveniencing me. That’s not surprising. They’re only human, and as history has shown us, that is often a terrible thing to be.
*Or, well, writing while I am on the train. I don’t think I’ve ever, in my life, written anything physically on any type of train. It’s barely possible that I’m forgetting some past brief episode of graffiti, but I really don’t think so.
**”Which I did” -future me.
***Blisters, Achilles tendon issues, anything like that.
****Or until one achieves some new state of wanting to live, I guess. It’s been shown that exercise can be a good adjunct treatment for depression, but I’ve always found that to be interesting but laughable, because when one is badly depressed, one does not have the will to do serious, regular exercise. However, I may have found a way around that obstacle, by creating a path that does one thing or the other on its own, and I can do the experiment and see what the outcome will be.
Hay loved the whole thing today. Vary down and worrying you have people who care a great deal about what you do and how you feel. We might not always say so but we are out here. When you do take off on your great adventure head north. We are waiting to welcome you home. Your friend and family always Lance
That’s the general idea.