Sunday, November 17, 2013

Slab City - Just Passing Through


There’s something about this place for us.  It’s hard to put our finger on though because it is a combination of so many things.  Most of what draws us here is what repels others.


We’re different in that way; finding it easy to look over the wall that stops others in order to see the unique aspects or the potential.


So, when our friend dropped a line to ask if we were going to visit this year it didn’t take us long to agree to a slight diversion in our original travel plans.


It has been two years since our last time at The Slabs and for all that has remained the same a lot more feels different.


            That’s o.k. though.  We can appreciate both sides of the coin.


There’s a certain beauty in it all.  Like a quote we recently read… “(We) believe in the possibility of everything.”


  There is a certain freedom in this place.  A freedom that fosters imagination.


While others would visit this place and see despair, we always see hope and magic.


We see a place that says, “You do not need to be confined to a set of rules that others have created to make themselves comfortable with your actions.  And, if you need help with that, my friend, I’ll do what I can.”


       Creativity, independence and self reliance ooze here.


At its most basic level, The Slabs it no different than many other places we’ve been.  And yet there is a silent intricacy of its elements that could never be duplicated.


                                        Make of it what you will.


For a select few, this is life; whether by choice or otherwise.  For us and many others, it is an opportunity to look past ourselves and to see the greater picture.


At the very least, it’s a great place to kick back, relax, catch up with old friends, make new ones and renew your spirit.


We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here it so observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.

                                - Australian Aboriginal Proverb