Author: Woozie

Holding brief

. Ideas persist.  They persist because they define something that may define something else that inevitably defines us.  They persist because we are only the little bits that we share with each other, Because we believe in each other, that we can tell this story and, if enough people believe in it then a part of us will live forever. …

Calibrating joy

Sometimes i wonder if they had considered the possibility that you had calculated the risk and decided that the pain from one fall while rocking your chair was worth it for the joy of leaning back, tittering on the edge of danger, testing your ability to trust yourself in small doses.  “Utaanguka.” In a play a poet talks about why…

An ode to baggage

“Without understanding, you cannot proceed.”– Yasiin Bey And the game of life, set up by time itself, is motion. To continue to face the next frame life presents, or else be crushed at a rate of 60 frames per second all because you refuse to let go of the one picture where you saw yourself in a different light.  Let…

Waiting for you

Somewhere in the unknown, beyond the horizon of what you can see, lies an answer. A disappointingly simple, slightly frustrating answer. One that you have been looking for within the bounds of your knowledge since you can remember. You continue to look because you know it exists – you are not wrong. It is out there, somewhere in the realm…

Who, me?

As long as you believe you exist this will continue to be a problem. The nature of problems that stem from our mind is that we carry them with us everywhere we go. Like glasses, they frame what we see, using a lens to correct it for our mind’s eye. In this way, the dissolution of the self is the…

5.

Make peace with the paradox.  Eventually you’ll need to slow down to speed up, become softer to get harder,  feel more to think better,  get stronger to be more kind.  The things you want to move towards will often involve moving in unexpected directions.  Stay nimble, stay agile, stay curious – become. 

We’ve come too far to take the bus back

Coming back from the void involves acclimatising to everything that continues to be real, despite all evidence pointing to the fact that it isn’t. It involves remembering, everyday, that there is a certain linearity of thought that has come to define the parameters within which thinking should happen. That this linearity is expected… demanded… from all by all. It is…

Blame it on the storytellers

“A story must always have motion.” I don’t know if it was a scriptwriting workshop, or a novel writing workshop or just dinner with some writer friends. I do, however, remember this being said and sticking with me. In a story, everything that happens exists to push the narrative. Each moment is supposed to tell you something about a character,…

For the one

When it looks so simple and straightforward the frustration can be immense. You must, however, remember that it only seems so simple because you see it so clearly. Your vision, despite multiple attempts at blending into the background, sets you apart. We see the picture clearer every time you speak – and I don’t imagine you ever say anything that…