“In the middle of the journey of our life”, writes Dante in the beginning of his Inferno.
Roland Barthes uses this to think about the feeling of being in the middle of our life.
After an event which determines the start of the second part of life, some rest then they go on, repeating what they did before, maybe slowly withdrawing from action. Acedia (Wiki : “a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world”) is not necessarily a bad thing.
Let me fall into a quiet clean living space
Others will feel the coming of the end of life – or at least, that they begin the second part – and choose, like after a tremor, to change something.
Life of course, but also elements of it, things like beliefs, methods, ways of writing are subject to mutations.
In fact, one can feel this need anytime, not “in the middle of life” (which becomes, then, one trigger).
Who never felt “la lassitude de n’être que soi”? The weariness of being only oneself…
Something suddenly has to be done (and we should probably also list the triggers). What’s and how is it discontinuous?
- sinuous – bends
- defectoring – big changes
- lives using turnarounds – doing the contrary for certains things
- metamorphosis – another skin, way of seeing things
- displacements – moving places, moving where we act
- growing by stages – learning, opening
- risks – uncertainties, voluntary skidsideslips, waverings
- seeking freedoms – explorations
- re-inventions – mutations
and having said that, at the same time, staying truthful & faithful (to ourselves).
- Choose solutions
- Invent solutions
Thanks for reading!
Don’t ask me who I am and don’t ask me to stay the same.
See also (Google it) “Becoming Deleuze”. For example :
“Becoming-” is a process of change, flight, or movement within an assemblage. Rather than conceive of the pieces of an assemblage as an organic whole, within which the specific elements are held in place by the organization of a unity, the process of “becoming-” serves to account for relationships between the “discrete” elements of the assemblage. In “becoming-” one piece of the assemblage is drawn into the territory of another piece, changing its value as an element and bringing about a new unity.