“Do you know anything about Chinese bamboo? It apparently spends five years as a little shoot, using that time to develop its root system. And then, from one moment to the next, it puts on a spurt and grows up to twenty-five meters high. …I think I’m like that Chinese bamboo plant and that my fifth year has just arrived. It’s time for me to start growing again.”
From The Aleph (2011) by Paulo Coelho
I begin this space with a photograph of the ocean at low tide behind my grandparents’ home on Siquijor Island in the Philippines. I’ve walked there many times in my life. The ocean at low tide reminds me that underneath life is life.