There is silence if you pause to listen to it. There is serenity if you stop craving it. The moments in between are when I feel like time stands still and everything makes more sense, if only for a heartbeat. It’s so easy to get caught up on the words themselves instead of the spaces in between, and it’s easy to live off of one frequency when we aren’t even aware that others exist.
I think of my past travels and the beautiful communication I lived through while being in silence. When words couldn’t do the trick, I realized that the solution wasn’t finding more words but in learning to communicate differently. Silences with someone who speaks the language of silence. Affection to one who shows affection. It was these moments of abandoning the words themselves when I realized how rigid this planet isn’t, how flexible it is, and how adaptable we are too.
I’m grateful when I encounter one of those souls who speaks the language of silence. Not one who doesn’t speak, but one who knows when to pause and ruminate, stop and breathe. Because in these quiet spaces there is something powerful that fills the void. It is a place of birth for new ideas, a moment to absorb the things that truly matter.
I’m entering a new stage of my life now, a time of transition. I decided it was best to end my big travel journey after two and a half years on the road. That isn’t to say I won’t travel again, but it means that my initial journey is complete. For much of 2017, I was silent on social media, if only because I was uncovering new truths about myself and exposing myself to new territories without feeling a need to constantly share. A ten-day silent retreat in Dharamsala, India made me tune into a place of my mind I never knew existed, if only because I was disconnected to my technology and connected to something much deeper. I turned inwardly since this is an important part of the journey too.
Now I find myself back in my home country (while still knowing full and well that home is a state of being that we must cultivate, far more than just our geographical birthplace). I have a new vision and I seek to bring my travels and the wisdom gained from others on the road into the future with me. I carry on with making photos since this has long been a way for me to honour those spaces in between, largely why photography has been a passion of mine for years.
I aim to write using fewer words paying far less attention to little trivial details. I’m overcoming perfectionism and I’m going to let this website be and breathe exactly as it does.
I do love words, but I especially love the curious spaces in between them. ■
Stop now before moving on... can you feel the silence?