When adrift, we exist in a state of aimlessness, nothingness, and randomness. We relinquish control, we surrender. We are floating. We’re allowing a natural flow outside ourselves to carry us where it will. We surrender to living without imposing order or structure on ourselves and our world, living without plans and goals, without roadmaps, destinations, or even a sense of direction. We are not in control.
When adrift, we are freed from demands, expectations, rules and obligations. We’re free from having-to. Our boundaries dissolve–boundaries that delineate space and time and that separate us from others. These boundaries melt and merge, becoming the glue-like fabric, attracting, repelling, and connecting us to others.
Some of us are naturally adrift, aspiring to nothing in particular, allowing the current to carry us, embracing the unknown. Others still are thrust into the unknown when the shock of change leaves us drifting between the old and the new but yet to emerge.
When adrift, we may finally find peace and rest in nothingness. But this nothingness may also elicit fear and anguish if we resist relinquishing control. However, once the structures, boundaries, and demands that held our lives together are dissolved we may finally experience our true selves.