Saturday, March 12, 2011
Shake it, shake it baby
7th Street SE at Eastern Market. See the Capitol Dome in the distance?
The good news is that my friend who is in Japan is OK. She's OK. Thank god.
There are quakes and then there are super quakes. According to CNN, yesterday's earthquakes shifted the coast of Japan by two and a half centimetres, and the tilt of the earth's axis by ten centimetres. This link includes footage of the tsunami as well. Bloody hell.
My heart goes out to everyone affected directly by what happened yesterday. That said, I'm relieved this happened in Japan. Unlike Haiti or New Zealand, Japan is a place where they know how to deal with earthquakes, even devastating events like yesterday's. The cities are built to withstand huge shocks, the infrastructure is much more likely to survive, people are far more likely to have the training to deal with the aftermath.
I'm not saying it's GOOD that this happened. No way! I'm simply saying at least it happened somewhere where they expect earthquakes and are prepared. If life were a dream (and it is, it really is), then this event signals the need to step up, be prepared, expect the unexpected. Like I said the other day, for those of us who remember the '60's, the era of radical change (from now to 2018) is going to feel familiar. For kids, it will be what it is - they have nothing to compare it to. For y'all in your 20's, 30's, and 40's, I have plenty of advice, though of course everyone will deal with the energy of change in his/her own way.
Back in the late '60's, the way I dealt with societal upheaval was through serious commitment to sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. The altered perception from doing drugs opened my eyes to the possibility of various forms of reality. The sex was life enhancing. Music was the surfboard on which I rode that crazy wave of change.
These options are no longer interesting to me, except for the rock 'n roll part, of course. What I'm thinking about this morning is doing everything I can to open up the structure of my routines. I need wiggle room in order to negotiate this era. I want to let go of all the ideas I have about who I am and how I like to live, just to see. I want to experiment with new patterns, find out if there's a "lifestyle" (hate that word) that might fit better than the one that has congealed around me since I moved to Capitol Hill ten years ago. Relocating from the house on Tennessee Avenue to the chateau last summer was prescient; now I'm wondering what else I can re-shape in order to meet and greet this era of change.
By 2018, we'll all know how to roll with the punches. I'm inclined to jump head-first into personal reinvention as my dance of shamanic alignment with this historical moment during which we will see vast collective reinvention.
Will you join me? C'mon, you can do it, you can roll with the punches. Yes? I say yes. It's time!