You know what I like about the desert?


I grew up on the east coast, where a drought is where it doesn’t rain for three weeks and everything is green without trying. And it’s beautiful, don’t get me wrong. It’s totally different here.

Out here, the sheer vastness and starkness of the earth is overwhelming.

The haze of the atmosphere as the earth curves, wind-eroded sandstone, the fact that living things manage to eke enough water out of the dry soil to survive here – these things put me in my place, remind me that I am just a speck on a speck on a speck on a speck on a speck in this enormous universe.

Somehow that’s comforting. In my day-to-day life, I struggle to make a name for myself, to be a person that others respect and admire, and to make a difference to my fellow planetary inhabitants. And you know what? It’s exhausting, to constantly clamber over the molehill-mountains that we make everything out to be.

Being in the desert reminds me of my fragility and mortality. It tells me not to take myself too seriously and reminds me that most of my problems are really not that big a deal.

Perspective. Sometimes it’s a good thing.

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  1. Diane Tadehara

     /  March 5, 2012

    That was really beautiful, Love.


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