“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine.
An you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others.
And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
O my gosh. I wish there was a way to save this. Well it's certainly left an imprint in my mind. Just profound Hadi. Thank you for sharing this.
These storms inside us :) must be confronted.
Thank you! !
Well, that's some true stuff right there... Especially the part about when it's over, you don't know how you got through it. But you just do though, don't you? And sometimes they seem small, sometimes they seem too big to overcome, yet we're all still here and going forwards.
That's signs of some immense strength inside each and every one of us.
Really, that was a very nice read hadi! Thank you so much!
Reminds me of an old wisdom, though it's not said as wonderful:
We have to repeat our fails over and over until we accept and are ready to learn and grow. First we have to accept, then to change our actions. We get on a higher level:)
That was beautifully written!! Liked it. Thanks for sharing Hadi..:)