I'm reading M Train, by Patti Smith. What I like most is the way she treats ordinary days and small events as significant, meaningful. She pays attention; she finds layers and connections in everything. Small objects lead to big ideas. And suddenly walking to a cafe for a cup of coffee and a piece of toast becomes an adventure, the way it is when you're traveling and every detail is new and interesting. Since I've been reading this book, I have also been looking at my own familiar world with the eyes of a traveler, an adventurer.
She's also a
good example of following your heart. Many times in the book, she does
thinks that make no sense from a practical point of view--buys a
ramshackle house, gives all the money in her pocket to a stranger simply
because he says so, travels across Mexico in the hope of writing a
tribute to coffee--just because they make her happy, or they feel to her
like the thing to do at the moment. We give a lot of lip service to
following your heart and living in the moment and knowing that money
isn't everything, but how often do we actually live that way? It feels
like a revelation to be reminded it is possible to live that way, to
take risks and seek magic, to answer to the voice inside instead of all
the external voices of other people's expectations.