Did you ever play Hide and Go Seek in the dark? We called it boogie man I'm pretty sure, but it was so long ago my mind stretches, a worn rubber band, to try and remember. At any rate, did you play? Do you remember what it was like to hide in the dark? To feel isolated, secret, every fiber of your being aware and alive... electric, fully in the moment.
I haven't thought about that feeling for ages. That feeling is powerful, it is strong and visceral.
The other day a friend took us to their... vault... ok I know, he is like Batman or something, but that is a story for another day. As we descended into the hallows of the old Federal Reserve my mind began to wonder- what does one experience inside of a vault? Soon enough I found out... one experiences a strange kind of excitement, the kind of excitement that makes your heart beat in your throat. And I began to remember (1 o'clock, 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock rock).
The locks clicked open, we walked through the door, darkness swallowing us whole. I dissolved into the inky blackness and I remembered what it felt like to be fully aware; my body and the space it was in melting into one. (4 o'clock, 5 o'clock, 6 o'clock rock)
The lights flickered on and a shiver ran down my spine. (7 o'clock, 8 o'clock, 9 o'clock rock)
Take a moment. Close your eyes. Breath deeply and melt into the space you are in. Be aware. (10 o'clock, 11 o'clock, 12 o'clock MIDNIGHT)
As adults it is so easy to be (slightly) disconnected all the time. We are on our phones, multitasking, buzzing with white noise and distortion. Clarity and calm are terrifying these days, but they are essential to finding a whole version of yourself.
The dark holds many mysteries, the shadows carry their secrets. We open our eyes, the lights come on and we are flooded with the realization that time is precious and wonder is scarce. Hold on tight my friends, the journey is well worth the pursuit.