Do not go gentle into that good night

"Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
- Dylan Thomas, Do not go gentle into that good night

Human beings are bizarre and anomalous creatures. We desire change at an inherent and perhaps even primal level, yet we simultaneously abhor and rebuff the very thing we crave.

Perhaps this is because, at our essence, we prefer to embrace comfort in the face of the unknown. We would rather avert our gaze than stare down, way beyond the precipice, into the endless void below.

I have always regarded myself as the type of person who constantly asks, "Do I dare disturb the universe?", and without hesitating, replies emphatically with a resounding "But of course".

Yet, is it really so despicable to turn toward comfort rather than espouse uncharted territories, particularly in our weakest moments, those of fear? Or is that the time in which we are required to delve into those unexplored depths with the most reckless abandon?

That is the unwavering, and likely unsolvable problem, I suppose. That is, the impenetrable question of the human essence, of how to define it, of how to negotiate it.

There is no definitive answer. The human condition is fluid and constantly manipulated by forces both exterior and interior to it. We can only decide how we wish to navigate our existence.

The rest is just ashes in the wind.

Love & light,
M xx


  1. Wow Melissa, this is deep and thought provoking... It is so true that we both crave change and fear it... usually it is really good for us, even the difficult things... some blessings of changes take longer to see... xox

  2. I agree with you on that - we want change but also push it away. I have no idea how to explain this feeling even though I feel it almost daily.

    Corinne x

  3. Gosh this is so well written and INCREDIBLY thought provoking! Change is something I crave and it was something I used to think I was good at adapting to, that I wasn't one of those stubborn people, immaturely stuck in their old ways. Turns out I am a stubborn mule and the Universe has had fun proving so! I think at our core we are terribly fearful of the unknown and what lays beyond it. Like death. The majority of humans would certainly admit to feeling trepidation. But you could also argue that that also stems from a need to control too.


  4. Awesome pictures!!

  5. Oh very gorgeous pics

  6. Very true. The rest are ashes in the wind indeed.
    You're a wordsmith.