There is nothing quite like another hospital admission to make you re-evaluate your priorities. Now home, juggling glucose and electrolytes like knives, I am shuffle walking into a new phase of my life. I have no idea how to plot my path, or even where I’m going. It is all and only one breath after the other.
Whenever uncertain, we often seek refuge and comfort in familiarity, be that music, friends, scent, environments, or even food to feed our nostalgia. Whenever I need certainty, I am naturally drawn back to the brutal simplicity of Hemingway. No writer devastates with such brevity, nor whole heartedly gives while they’re taking. Hemingway, right now, feels like home for me.
‘The Old Man And The Sea’, may not exactly be described as an imaginative or inspirational tale, yet it generously affords us the wisdom to reflect on our one true victory – the human spirit as unflinching and strong.