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01/24/06 Walkabout January 24, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Liz @ 9:23 am

I was reading my sister’s blog (rhoz.blogspot.com) and I remembered I wanted to keep this paragraph, so I am reposting it here …

“The term Walkabout comes from the Australian Aboriginal. The idea is that a person can get so caught up in one’s work, obligations and duties that the truly important parts of one’s self become lost. From there it is a downward spiral as one gets farther and farther from the true self. A crisis situation usually develops that awakens the wayward to the absent true self. It is at this time that one must go on walkabout. All possessions are left behind (except for essential items) and one starts walking. Metaphorically speaking, the journey goes on until you meet yourself. Once you find yourself, you sit down and have a long talk about what one has learned, felt and done in each other’s absence. One talks until there is nothing left to say — the truly important things cannot be said. If one is lucky, after everything has been said and unsaid, one looks up and sees only one person instead of the previous two.”

I remember seeing a movie, when I was a kid, about an aboriginal boy who went on walkabout (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067959/). I also remember the doctor on Babylon 5 who went on walkabout (as best as you can do on a space station). The latter made more of an impact on me. For some reason the part about walking until you find yourself resonated with me. Why?

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One Response to “01/24/06 Walkabout”

  1. Rhonda H Says:

    Yes when I wrote that blog entry I also remembered the Babylon 5 episode… I think it sparks us because we are searching for something (in ourselves? in life?) and that seems like a good way to find it? Even like I wrote, an artistic or mental walkabout may be a good idea. Delve in and keep going til you find out who you are? I think it changes as we age so who we are at one point (when we think we have it all together) changes later and we have to find ourselves again. Doesn’t make us flawed or less than wonderful, just shows that we are capable of change and growth.


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