The truth about Impermanence (and the illusion of permanence)


This thought struck me whilst in midst of travel induced physical anomalies and needs me to start with somewhat of a confession. Traveling Emily ain’t so pretty & as I type this I’m 99% sure that I have contracted either a jungle disease or have been the victim of a voodoo spell that has caused my hair to matte, declare its absolute impenetrable immunity to shampoo and resemble the coat of a wet dog. It’s been 24hrs since this weird texture presented itself in my mane & 5 shampoos later, it doesn’t seem to be improving. I’ve therefore resigned to the all too obvious conclusion that I will be returning to Perth & will be forced to shave my entire head. Again, it’s been 24hrs.

This trip has seen me encounter a few weird ailments & symptoms. Kidney pains, a chest infection, headaches, nausea, fevers and night sweats … And each time I’m in a state of discomfort or whatever – I’m overwhelmed with the fearful thought that this state is forever. This isn’t just me I would like to add – my travel sister Natalie is currently the involuntary host of a biological experiment on her leg where a mad rash has begun to fester and every day progresses to a new and exceedingly frightening stage of this undocumented funky leg disease.

Emotionally we do this too. How many of us, when single, have fallen in a heap & sighed with absolute sincerity “I think I’m just going to be alone forever”? I’m guilty of this, for sho’. Certain that the moment I’m experiencing, the current state I’m in, the situation that I might be engulfed in, is the permanent one that’s going to stick for life.

It should come as no real surprise or hold no revelationary undertone, that everything in life is laced with impermanence. From the physical aspects of our world – like our bodies, our surroundings, our environment; to the mental//emotional aspects – how we think, how we feel, what we believe, what we fear. Transience and change set the stage for what will prove to be an incredible, challenging, breath taking, inspiring and unforgettable experience on this spinning blue planet.

I’m quickly discovering that life is all about learning to love (and if you can’t love, accept) every single ‘now’ moment that you’re in. Because this version of you and this version of your now will never be the same again.

Blessings and living in the perfection that is ‘now’ x


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