The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Can you feel it? Everything is different now, and none of us can figure out where we are going. For the past 6 or 7 years, we’ve been in this transitional state, somewhere between the land of “How Things Used to Be” and the land of “God Only Knows What’s Coming.”

It’s an unsettling place to be. We seem to be spinning our wheels. We can’t get any traction. We can’t seem to move forward, but it’s impossible to go back. We’re on the verge of something. We’re on the brink. We’re passing through this ominous borderland where the ground is shifting beneath our feet and we’re unable to see what’s on the horizon. Who knows what the future holds? Everything seems so unexpected and random.

We are living in a Liminal World. I feel sorry for the younger generations, because this is all they’ve ever known.


lim·i·nal | \ ˈli-mə-nᵊl \ 

1 : of, relating to, or situated at a sensory threshold : barely perceptible or capable of eliciting a response. // liminal visual stimuli 
2 : of, relating to, or being an intermediate state, phase, or condition : in-between, transitional. //in the liminal state between life and death.

So many things have happened that we never anticipated.

  • A worldwide pandemic that would become senselessly politicized and therefore rage on to kill millions.
  • People so rarely sign their own names that their signatures are being questioned.
  • An insurrection in our Nation’s Capital only slightly less shocking than the war of 1812.
  • The election of a president (thankfully for only one term) who bragged of his penis size while campaigning, talked of grabbing women’s pussies, and claimed that he could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and still be elected, and it turns out he was right.
  • We find ourselves teetering on the edge of WWIII.
  • A pandemically-induced employment deficit is giving workers negotiating power for the first time in living memory.
  • It is becoming increasingly evident that we’re destroying the planet, and yet we aren’t doing anything about it.
  • Billionaires are going to outer space rather than dealing with the problems right here on earth.
  • Conspiracy theorists are taken more seriously than scientists.
  • Bitcoin.
  • Social media has exposed our gullibility, ignorance, hate and violent tendencies.
  • People are forgetting how to read maps and analog clocks.
  • Teens no longer rush to get their driver’s licenses.

Do I sound like a grumpy old woman who no longer feels she fits in the world? Well, yeah, I’m that. But this is much bigger. It’s more all-encompassing. People are starting to freak out.

Personally, I’ve been functioning under a level of stress that’s so intense that I’ve kind of forgotten that it’s stress. It’s time to do something about that. It’s time to find some solid ground again. My stability needs to be restored. Liminality is not a state where I thrive.

The thing about living in a liminal world is that it provides infinite opportunities for change. Change is scary. But we can insist that change be positive, rather than allowing it to be infused with selfishness, greed, and hostility. There’s untapped potential, here, to make the world a better place. We can break all those rules that haven’t served us well, and create a new way of living. The problem is that we can’t seem to figure out what that would look like.

Any ideas? Because I’m not going to lie. I’ve got nothin’.

Read any good books lately? Try mine!

6 thoughts on “Living in a Liminal World

  1. Lyn says:

    Speaking of bitcoin… … another reason to question the need to use it.

    1. Yeah, it’s an environmental nightmare. I find the whole proposition a bit sketchy, too. But then people probably used to feel that way about can openers.

      1. Lyn says:

        Maybe it looks like this depiction that restored my stability. It balances emotions by shifting ones perspective of our place within the whole picture. Just as society is divided, we individuals divide ourselves between heart and mind, good and bad, creating a stress that binds us to fear and blinds us to our potentials. Rather than existing between life and death, we’re experiencing both, simultaneously, regardless of how we choose to place our focus. The soul needs to embrace, at once, the happiness and sadness within any given moment in order to grow and be fully present. This is so beautifully presented and easy to absorb. Hope it helps.

      2. Wow. What an amazing video! Thank you for sharing the link. Eastern Spirituality really frustrates me because it makeperfect sense, but it slips away from me the moment I shift focus. It comforts me to know I’m just a part of a bigger whole, but then I return to gazing at my own navel once again. It makes me feel like a failure even as it makes me see that success and failure don’t really matter. And then it all feels like too much and not enough.
        Whew. entirely too heavy for a sunny spring day.

  2. Lyn says:

    Some moments are just ‘let it be’ moments without judgment. Judgement and attempts to control your focus are what’s frustrating you and gazing at your navel saves you from being overwhelmed by things you’re not quite ready for. People, like us, have a hard time experiencing things without analyzing them, and our own reactions, from multiple perspectives. It can be exhausting to our souls when they need us to just let a sunny spring day, or even spirituality, be. 🌞… and maybe I should have just let this be and not have analyzed it because it’s all too much and yet not enough. 😏

    1. You get me. 🙂 I hope you’re having a sunny day to enjoy, Lyn!

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