Kaikoura beach, September 2011
September 7th, 2011
My top film is probably ‘Into the wild’. Somebody downloaded it for me once and told me to watch it because they were sure I would love it and because they said the main character reminded them a little of me. I guess they were right, in some way or another, because I cannot think of any other film character I so readily identify with. I won’t spoil the film in case you want to watch it but one of the most memorable conclusions of ‘supertramp’ is that: Happiness is only real when shared.
Having woken up at 3am feeling like it is 10am, and insomnia consuming me, thoughts race around my weary head. One is exactly the one mentioned above. I have seen some incredible things during my last solo trips to places like Argentina and now here in New Zealand, but without somebody you love or greatly enjoy spending your time with these wonderful places and special moments often lose much of their meaning.
I put the dorm light on in the night and look up to see various pieces of graffiti scrawled on the wooden panels of the bunk above:
I know where you are from but where do you belong?
Don’t worry be happy
Even a shit day travelling is better than a good day at work
I pooed in this bed in 2010
And I look for my pen wishing to add the line from ‘Into the Wild’. But just as I am about to take ink to wood there it is: Happiness is only real when shared. Some other lonely soul having reached the same conclusion as me in this very bed some days, weeks or months ago.