Rollin’ on the River.
(for those of you rolling your eyes and thinking “no shit sylvari”. Good for you for knowing more than me. Now shush and let me talk)
Rivers were the first super highways our ancestors had. They were a sure source of food. Some told their year by the flooding of the river. Oceans ebb and flow in our blood. Heraclitus said “No man steps in the same river twice” which is true but in stepping into that water you can step into the past. Let the water carry you away and introduce you to those people of long ago who stepped in that same and different river.
More than any other element (imho) water can help us to connect to the past, to slow us down in our daily lives. While I am by no means a Luddite I do think finding a way to combine the good from the modern world with a less hectic, stressful life style from the past is not a bad thing. Air moves too fast, Fire is consumed with change, Earth sings a much older song but Water lives at our pace. It touches people and brings their memories and stories down new paths to new people.
I think it’s time to slow down.
Fisherman at work, Depok Lake, Indonesia (by alex hanoko).