Happy “New Year’s Weekend Recovery Day.” Was this Dave Matthews Band track your anthem for the weekend, or were your celebrations a little…milder?
January 2009, Southern Chile
January 2009, Southern Chile.
Here’s a thought experiment:*
You find yourself coming to awareness, the above being the first things you see.
How did you get there? (Hike in for camping? Teleported in? Jumping [think multiverse/alternate world]? Some sort of crash? Something else…?)
Why are you there? (Vacation? Recon? Running from…something or someone? Something seemingly random**? Something else…?)
What’s you backstory/context? (Soldier? Scientist? Weekend-warrior outdoorsman? Something else…?)
Now, what happens next?
* This will be a repeating idea, but with different images, because it can be fun. For an example of a story that essentially STARTS this way, read Andy Weir’s The Martian. The movie, while excellent, does Hollywood things to the sequence of events, so read the original for this.
** Weird genetic things come to mind, where it seems random at the time, but gets explained at some point during the grand scheme of events. Outlander, or Charles Stross’s Merchant Princes series for example.
Bon Jovi can be good for big, anthemic rock songs.
This one is no exception, but I would like to suggest a slight political undercurrent while you watch. For those here in the states, this is election week (which includes deciding who will be the next PotUS). I would encourage you to vote – but to consider your vote. Don’t blindly vote “party,” but consider who you want as a leader, who you feel the best person is for the job (regardless of color, race, party affiliation, etc).
We’re not meant to follow, and unless you get out and vote that’s exactly what you’re doing.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, December 2008