“…finally got the chance to dance along the light of day”
My sister and I used to lay on the ground, the soles of our bare feet pressed together, our legs pushing backwards and forwards like slow-cycling pistons against each other’s. We’d call out what picture we could see in the clouds—which might only last seconds and the other had to “catch” before it slipped into something else or disintegrated altogether.
Sometimes, when the phantasmagoria was a long time forming, we simply imagined what it would be like up there. Jumping into the soft cushiony pillows, bouncing on them like trampolines. Sleeping swathed in their gentle fleeciness. Skipping like fairies across their scalloped airiness that floated like lily pads on a pond in the wide Australian sky.
I got hooked on hiking the first time I ever climbed above the clouds; but it was this childhood memory, which loped into vivid focus as if I was watching a TV rerun, that moved me most.
I wasn’t with my sister, but wished I was. I’d seen clouds from above before, of course, in a plane (& which I still marvel at every time). But I’d never looked down upon them with my feet still on the ground. It was giddying. Like I’d taken my first rollercoaster ride.
I remember turning to look for her, as if my thoughts may have conjured her there, so we could say out loud what we used to—from that time before we’d even started to imagine that one day we could be doing what we dreamed.
My sister has inspired the mountains I’ve climbed—like here on Mt Meru above the clouds at dawn—not because she does it too, but because long ago, not knowing then what we were manifesting, we looked to the clouds and drew the dreams we made come true.
📷 Atop Mt Meru, watching the sun rise over Kilimanjaro
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