“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T. S. Eliot “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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“In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.” Carl Jung “Every dream that anyone ever has is theirs alone and they never manage to share it. And they never manage to remember it either. Not truly or accurately. Not as it was. Our memories and our vocabularies aren’t up
I just realized that nowhere on this site is there a proper definition of flânerie, so here it is. As I’m able to live it more and more in my life, I’ll be better able to define it. For now, consider this an evolving work in progress. What is Flânerie? Before we answer this, let’s get two other definitions out of the way first: Flâner (v, French) : to saunter aimlessly Flâneur (n, French)
If you’re serious about discovering the heart and soul of a city, lace up your walking shoes and go exploring on foot. Walking a city is the best way to experience it. It allows you to get a proper feel for the city and those who live there. As a pedestrian you better absorb the varied sights, smells, and even tastes the destination has to offer. Some global cities are more flâneur-friendly than others.
Our most valuable thoughts are often those that arise by chance at the moments we least expect them. There’s the brilliant business idea when you’re walking down the sidewalk, in no particular hurry to get where you’re going, merely taking in the sights and sounds. The drowsy midnight discovery that wakes you up from your pre-sleep hypnotic trance. The elevator epiphany. Traffic light insight. Bathtub revelation. It’s these random moments that are the raison