the lightness of being


Sometimes I get tired of setting goals. I wish the baby downstairs would shut up and that you would come to me in the dark on the balcony with the blinds closed.


26 thoughts on “the lightness of being

  1. And a few more words about goals I read in Grad school: “Goals are finite. When you fail to reach your goals, you are miserable. When you reach your goals, you are lost. What next? Only the path is infinite.” (Tao) What is your path, your way, Julia?

  2. Fabulous image, the colours, the dull lighting, the feeling of crumbling and entropy. The brooding words suit this gritty textured shot beautifully. I can quite relate. And, I must say, this looks like a dashing place for some parkour practice. Superb. Smiling cheers to you,

    Autumn Jade

  3. Hey there, Julia and Romina …

    Kundera’s ‘Unbearable Lightness of Being’ is a challenging story exploring relationship. In the story, the conceptualization of vertigo is used as image/metaphor for our being drawn forward – we are ‘seized by,’ ‘enraptured by,’ ‘outraged by’ and act on …. U2’s song ‘Vertigo’ is based in Kundera’s vertigo and being drawn forward within an evolution of Love.

    Goals, on the other hand, imply that we’ve got free will to choose a goal and we’re choosing a goal because the accomplishment of the goal will help us later on – it’s about betterment and attainment. Above, you may be expressing the idea that the goal chosen and moved toward feels or is experienced as something foreign or unnatural in terms of our natural movement and flow within our own narrative; vertigo draws us forward and we find our way to something unknown being realized, discovered and articulated – it coincides and propels us within our narrative. It likely is not a settled state.

    Lightness of being … do you suppose this is about releasing ourselves from history, agendas and goals (our baggage) to allow us to be fully present in relationship, to dance and move and participate with the other, to be the other half of ‘we’? Outside of relationship, is Lightness of Being possibly experienced as vertigo – being drawn forward in discovery? Curious stuff … the territory of Martin Buber and Milan Kundera.

    No doubt, there’s more that the film/story is about.

    Your photograph does remind of images of Prague within the film – the perspective would be that of Tomas.

    Take care …. 😉

    • Hi there,

      Just saw your comment. Thanks very much for the insightful and poetic response! In a way, your words helped me more fully understand my post. I’m beginning to realize that that goals are only a point to aim for, and the journey is more complete if we are flexible and open to the change and experiences life bring us.

      Thank you again very much for writing. I’d love to hear any thoughts you may have in the future.

      Your photography is magnificent, truly something. So rich in color and perspective. I look forward to future posts of yours!

      All best–J

  4. Artful photo, I guess. Hope that I’m not barking on the wrong tree again: Is it time for this song “Ben E King -Stand By Me” here

    Lyrics: “‘ When the night has come
    And the land is dark
    And the moon is the only light we’ll see
    No, I won’t be afraid
    Oh, I won’t be afraid
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me
    So darling, darling
    Stand by me, oh stand by me
    Oh stand, stand by me
    Stand by me
    If the sky, that we look upon
    Should tumble and fall
    And the mountain should crumble to the sea
    I won’t cry, I won’t cry
    No, I won’t shed a tear
    Just as long as you stand, stand by me…”

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