My fellow, lovely NFs, having been on a somewhat sensate sabbatical for a few months, I've come to realize... that there are more memories to be made than to simply be manufactured via fantasy!
Like you, I too can get perpetually lost, (and found), inside the safety of my comfortably chaotic universe of a head.
But there's a universe out there too!
Outside of you.
Other people, vacant lots begging for company, sand crabs boring holes underneath your toes in the sand, cinnamon dusted cappaccinos, conversations that begin at three in the morning.
Lovely poetry written on bathroom stalls, secrets exposed, secretly.
Tears, hugs, blue cheese drizzled with honey.
Dogs drooling on and outside your car, their tongues, their smiles!
Running on concrete with one boy slinging from your arms and the other one clinging on your back, making them laugh!!!
Sipping wine in a courtyard with a chain-smoking cancer patient.
99 cent stores!!!
Flirting with baristas, flirting with flirts, confiding in strangers with a knowing smirk.
Concerts, crowds, collecting bracelets from various vendors.
Seeing them, feeling them... firsthand.
There's a whole world out there, beckoning....
But it all costs so much money... and besides, it's so scary when you're alone. If I already had friends that were involved in it, maybe it wouldn't be such a problem, but... well, I don't.
In other words, the world you just described is inaccessible to me. It might as well not exist. I can't reach it. I don't have the skill or capacity to be a part of it.
I'm glad you're enjoying being a part of it. Just make sure you maintain your connection with it. It's easier to lose than you think it is. You have a very good balance between the intellectual/cerebral world, and that other one. I'm glad you made it back into our world to share the impressions with us.
But, really, for the sake of a proper response: I do like things outside, especially people, and I love to see a positive change to things, but what I've seen you define as "experience" is really just an extroverted way of looking at the possibilities the world can hold.
(Not to sound like an ass, but) I'll gladly keep the universe inside of me, and I'll enjoy it a lot more- maybe occasionally share it. Then you'll see.
"Poor bastard. Wait 'till he sees the bats. "
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And I envy, or rather admire those who can and do.
I tend to get trapped inside, living entirely cerebrally, forgetting about the things that make life funderful, magical and worth living.
It's the so-called simple things in life that get me and clench my heart in the bestest of ways!!!
Yep, I can relate to this!!!
And I agree. Anything nature-oriented feeds my soul. And traveling is another delightful thing too -- much of why I love traveling is the fact that I'm actually BEING and EXISTING in the moment, experiencing and seeing new things, new peoples, new cultures, new ways of life, and viewing historical artifacts along the way....
"...On and on and on and on he strode, far out over the sands, singing wildly to the sea, crying to greet the advent of the life that had cried to him." - James Joyce