by Lorin Michel Sunday, August 3, 2014 8:35 PM

There’s something to be said about nothing. I was thinking about it this morning when I was on my bike ride. Kevin is still unable to go, so I was solo and as I was cruising along, dodging lizards and puddles, it occurred to me that I was thinking about absolutely nothing. Often when I’m riding, my mind springs into action, spinning stray thoughts into ideas. It’s long been this way. Whenever I’m on the back of the motorcycle, I spend my time thinking, as well.

But nothing was in my head. Maybe it was because I was tired. I didn’t sleep well last night. Cooper made a strange choking noise around 1:30. Kevin was making strange jerking movements. Then I started panicking about everything and nothing. The house, our age, our health, work, play, money, the weather. I finally fell back to sleep. Took Cooper out at 6:25. Fell back to sleep only to get up at 7:30 to take him for a walk. I yawned the whole time. When I got back, I pumped up my bike tires and took off.

Nothing is a blissful place to be. It is empty, just waiting to be filled up with life, love, watermelon.

Nothing can be relaxing. It allows me to just enjoy the moment, to watch nothing on TV, to listen to no particular type of music, to read nothing at all.

Nothing is what you feel when you don’t want to feel. It’s what you see when you don’t want to see and what you think when you don’t want to think.

Nothing feels so good sometimes. Because it simply is. There’s no agenda. There’s no timeframe, no pressure. There’s nothing.

Some people think nothing is lazy. I admit that sometimes I think that, too. But there is something to be said about nothing. When life is as busy as it is on a daily basis, sometimes taking time out to simply be is what needs to happen in order to maintain a tiny bit of sanity in an otherwise nutty life. I know that’s what I do.

Nothing is like vegging. Hanging out. Letting the brain reorganize and rejuvenate itself.

I found a quote on Good Reads that I thought perfectly summed it up:
“Nothing. Everything. Anything. Something. If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something.”

Nothing, then, is smart. It makes me feel better to know that nothing means I’m open to ideas, thoughts, possibilities, opportunities. By having nothing or knowing nothing or wanting nothing, I can actually have everything.

Tolstoy wrote in War and Peace: “We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.” Conversely, Oscar Wilde wrote: “I love to talk about nothing. It’s the only thing I know anything about.”

It is about nothing, all of it. And that is something to celebrate.


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