Moving on, moving around, a few days here and a week or so there. Packing and unpacking. Settling in to a new situation for long enough to feel settled before picking up sticks again and moving on.
In the flow of constant change there are inevitable casualties. Some days you wake up to no clean socks, others to the realisation that the book you want to read is halfway across town with the small collection of belongings unloaded temporarily from the car. But these sort of things are minor in comparison to the casualty of concentration, a necessity for writing.
The irony, though, is that life itself tends to be full of inspiration when everything’s in flux.
Many experiences from these past few weeks are fading or being conflated as my sense of time becomes warped. It’s just over a month since we left Burgos and spent a week travelling through France. Only four weeks since arriving back in the UK. Hardly any time at all, yet so much of it seems so far away. Even those things that happened only a couple of days ago.
But this stretched sense of time exists only in recollecting events. Individual days rush by, taking the detail with them, and I keep telling myself I must carve out time to capture those details. Even if only in bare-bone form. Some day further down the line I might thank myself for doing so.
The reality, thus far, has paled in comparison to the intention.
I could admonish myself for my failure as a writer. But aside from knowing it won’t do any good, I also realise greater wisdom lies in letting go of those things that are becoming fuzzy and to trust that whatever is worth recalling at a later stage will rise up with relative clarity.
In the meantime the most important thing I can do is focus on what’s in front of me and fully immerse myself in the present. By doing so experiences are likely to embed all the stronger within me and, as such, become a source of inspiration, whether I make use of them while they’re playing out or in aggregate after the fact.
Writing in flux is challenging. There’s no way around it. Unless, of course, I sit down with a notebook in front of me.
Mufidah Kassalias is a writer, photographer and slow traveller. A digital nomad, she’s also co-founder of Creative Thunder, helping creative individuals and small businesses to fire up their online presence and prowess. To get a free copy of the inspiring Creative Thunder Manifesto, click here.