“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” — Allen Ginsberg
Do you follow Ginsberg’s advice — in your writing and/or in your everyday life? What an interesting daily quote.
I read it over a few times, and this is how I interpret it. Inner moonlight is like an inner voice, the voice of passion, the voice telling you what your heart really desires, what you would really like from life. The ‘madness’ I believe, refers to this voice, which may at times be at complete contrast to your life model or life path so far.
With this interpretation in mind, here is my answer.
Until 2012 I was completely happy with my life. Or so I thought. My inner voice told me different. I wanted an outdoors life, one filled with nature and sport, space, and happiness. Although I kind of had that, I wasn’t totally happy. I almost discounted the idea of emigrating after finding a dead end in my search to move to both USA and Australia. Until I visited New Zealand in 2012.
Large leap of madness no 1: Move to New Zealand with only 6 months to prepare (because I got a job so fast). I saw it as an opportunity to take a step towards that outdoors free lifestyle. I grabbed the opportunity.
Large leap of madness no 2: Quitting teaching. After thinking about it for several years, I finally decided to take the leap. I thought about it several years ago, but never had the guts. I have finally decided too something I want to do: coaching. I want to share my knowledge and passion for life, sport, and achieving ones absolute personal absolute best with other athletes so they can be the best that they can be. It was scary, teaching is all I have known. But life is short. We only get one chance.
Do I follow the moonlight? I haven’t made a habit of it, until recent years. But now, I can assuredly say that I do indeed.