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i dreamt of flying

2012.06.19
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"There is an art, or rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss. Pick a nice day, and try it.

The first part is easy. All it requires is simply the ability to throw yourself forward with all your weight, and the willingness not to mind that it's going to hurt.

That is, it's going to hurt if you fail to miss the ground. Most people fail to miss the ground, and if they are really trying properly, the likelihood is that they will fail to miss it fairly hard.

Clearly, it is the second part, the missing, which presents the difficulties.

One problem is that you have to miss the ground accidentally. It's no good deliberately intending to miss the ground because you won't. You have to have your attention suddenly distracted by something else when you're halfway there, so that you are no longer thinking about falling, or about the ground, or about how much it's going to hurt if you fail to miss it.

It is notoriously difficult to prize your attention away from these three things during the split second you have at your disposal. Hence most people's failure, and their eventual disillusionment with this exhilarating and spectacular sport.

If, however, you are lucky enough to have your attention momentarily distracted at the crucial moment by, say, a gorgeous pair of legs (tentacles, pseudopodia, according to phyllum and/or personal inclination) or a bomb going off in your vicinty, or by suddenly spotting an extremely rare species of beetle crawling along a nearby twig, then in your astonishment you will miss the ground completely and remain bobbing just a few inches above it in what might seem to be a slightly foolish manner.

This is a moment for superb and delicate concentration. Bob and float, float and bob. Ignore all consideration of your own weight simply let yourself waft higher. Do not listen to what anybody says to you at this point because they are unlikely to say anything helpful. They are most likely to say something along the lines of "Good God, you can't possibly be flying!" It is vitally important not to believe them or they will suddenly be right. "

the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy


17 Comments
Dropblue I admire this fantastic shot! C o n g r a t s
Dropblue · 2012-06-20: 05:39
borogovoi Superb ....
borogovoi · 2012-06-20: 05:44
TEOMONTANA And the city parted like the red sea!
looks great!
TEOMONTANA · 2012-06-20: 05:52
miclaud Wonderful!!!!
miclaud · 2012-06-20: 08:12
davids Excellent VP - I think those clouds would make anyone want to learn to fly
davids · 2012-06-20: 08:22
nataliemanco crazy beautiful....
nataliemanco · 2012-06-20: 08:24
liveandletlive GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!
liveandletlive · 2012-06-20: 10:50
Nychthemeron :) a great quote :) and dramatic skies
I used to have that dream in which I could fly and that dream was so convincing and realistic that I was also convinced in my waking hours that if I tried really hard I could fly ...
but that was a long time ago
Nychthemeron · 2012-06-20: 11:05
kwibusje Super!
kwibusje · 2012-06-20: 12:35
lyency i tried yesterday following your instructions. i need you to tell me how to land, please...
lyency · 2012-06-20: 16:31
herczegl _._ ).( _._ -.- )./ !/ _._ (,) ).( -.- .<
herczegl · 2012-06-21: 02:04
DancingDolphin You are right, reading his own work is interesting to hear. I haven't been flying recently, I must get back to it. 8^)

Nice stitching job!
DancingDolphin · 2012-06-21: 09:26
stuey wow that is an awesome shot, the sky is unbelievable.
stuey · 2012-06-21: 11:28
????? Amazing sky!
????? · 2012-06-21: 15:59
????? Perfect shot!
????? · 2012-06-21: 16:28
Wasichseh Eines meiner Lieblingsbücher. Fantastischer Himmel.
Wasichseh · 2012-06-21: 17:39
idorudoll I love that shot!
idorudoll · 2012-06-22: 06:15
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