“You can’t get away from yourself by moving from one place to another.” ~ The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
This quote is quite sad, but then again I think it reflects the tone of Hemingway’s novel The Sun Also Rises very well. The characters in this novel are lost souls, searching for a way to feel happy and complete again. They look for this in travel, in staying a while in a different country. Yet the drama and discontent in their lives follow them all the way there and they never truly escape it.
Especially around this time of year when the weather gets warmer and people start traveling, I think it’s easy to lose a certain degree of your sense of self. You think that a change of scenery will help you change something about yourself, be it a quirk in your personality or a habit you’ve been meaning to break. And sometimes such a change does help, but is it really the destination that is doing the work? Or is it the simple act of moving, of getting up and consciously making an effort to change? In my experience, it has definitely been the latter.
You can move across the globe, but you’ll always carry yourself with you. Perhaps you’ll leave behind a trait or two, but in the end you are you. And is that such a bad thing? If people put more of an effort into working with what they have rather than spending so much time wallowing in their unrealistic dreams for the future, maybe the world would be a more satisfied, happy place.
Whoa, things got deep real fast with this week’s quote! Every once in a while it’s nice to ponder some deeper thoughts, right?
What interesting/funny/wonderful quotes have you discovered recently? Let me know in the comments section below!