This piece is inspired by a story I read years ago. It’s more a lecture, to me, than a story as it is speaking directly to the reader. It speaks of a room you are in where all is known about the room. A place you’ve lived in all your life and you’ve decorated and redecorated to suit your taste. There is also a door. A door that leads to a void. There seems to be no floors and no walls. Maybe there is sound, maybe something but it is unknown to you and no light shines within. The room has become completely known and boring to you. The excitement, curiosity and fear are focused at the door, and the void. Will you step through?
I quite like this story and it has stuck with me for years and years. What is beyond my room and in the void beyond? Am I brave enough to step through to the unknown? Below is me playing with the story, “The Room“.
I jumped through to that void and what did I find?
The same damn room.
I was confused, did I miss something
this isn’t new, exciting, scary it’s just…
I jumped again
This time… The same damn room!
I felt confusion
and from a confusion of expectation
an expectation of something new and different
Destruction of the room, fighting it all.
Throwing objects out into the void
The room in shambles and my energy wasted
I stepped into the void once more
…to the same room.
With no more rage to spend I collapse into a pile of tears.
What am I doing wrong?
Why this room, always?
I don’t want this room! I’m cursed
I cry until I can cry no longer and I look to the void again.
This time it will be different I step through and ….. same room….
despair and then apathy…
I lie for what seems like forever frozen in apathy
no will, no place, no movement
then to the void, the void that let me down so.
What did I fear?
Why did I fear?
What did I hope to find?
Why did I jump in the first place?
Why keep jumping?
What went wrong?
Sitting upright I take in the familiar
a room where nothing ever changes
Then to the void where change was once sought
and the fear of what that change could be and mean.
A deep breath and then another.
A thought arises and it goes by… and then another… and another
A smile, an energy, a creative surge.
Eyes closed and through the void once more
Everything has changed
there is a breeze and light and energy
focus and movement is everywhere
What really changed?