One of the ways I distance myself from the reality right in front of me is by trying to understand everything. This is a cultural habit, engendered in schools and books.
This fantasy makes creativity very difficult— and can easily lead to writer’s block.
Most of the world cannot really be understood and that internal demand to understand everything keeps me frustrated on some level and keeps me feeling ignorant because I don’t understand most of life.
Children don’t understand most of what goes around them but they are in contact with the the sounds, tastes, textures and sight of the world around them. They have direct experience of life, not life filtered through our adult concepts.
So to plunge into reality, to restore a sense of the mystery of life I have to abandon the need to understand everything. I don’t have to explain anything. I simply can accept what is happening around me and keep my senses open.