romy schneider in les choses de la vie, 1970
I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. —Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
I want to try something here. Not because I think I have wisdom or answers but because I think putting questions into the world and sitting with a question is one of the best ways to figure something out. You don’t always figure out what you wanted to figure out but you get somewhere, anywhere.
I’m going to have my own questions as I always have at You’ve Escaped but I want to hear you too. I’ll do my best to answer questions that I know how to answer or I’ll tell stories sparked by your questions or just consider what other people are thinking about and yearning for; I’d bet we all have thought about many of the same things. It’ll be an occasional feature but if you’d like to submit any questions to be answered or considered, you can email email@example.com. Don’t worry, you’ll be anonymous in the newsletter. It’s beautiful out here and I hope it is where you are too.