“I have the feeling that I’ve seen everything, but failed to notice the elephants.” — Anton Chekhov
I live within the downtown core of Vancouver, BC. Like many other thriving metro centers, my senses are overwhelmed daily by the sights, sounds and smells that are a vital part to its energy.
City life is an adventure. I have enjoyed the crush of people that blend together into a city-defining blend of culture. I have long since gotten used to the unique odors that are produced from concentrated living spaces. I have adjusted to the constant white noise that is just the background soundtrack for my city lifestyle.
Along with the senses, there is a sense of urgency in daily life. From grocery shopping to returning last night’s video rental, one can literally feel the push of the city, urging one to go faster and achieve more. From vaccuming to gardening to commuting on the express bus to work, there is this unspoken message to go faster, achieve more and get more done.
The assault on the senses and this hidden, unexplained urgency can often lead one to feel overwhelmed or even drained. I was starting to feel trapped within myself, my immediate home environment and even the confines of the concrete skyscapers. I chalked it up to lack of vacation — or even lack of inspiration for creating.
Well, until I found myself during a coast trip.