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a vacation from life

“To be, or not to be: that is the question”
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

i wonder if one can take
a break from being alive

a vacation
from existence

a mere moment
to not be

do you ever have such thoughts?

putting the full context here since it hits and orbits my heart very tenderly today:

“To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d!”
― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

 

 

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16 Comments

  1. It’s a nice thought, but I’d be scared of missing out on things if I took a break! Beautiful poem nonetheless, and I love that you were inspired by Hamlet. <3

    1. Thank you <3 I never thought about the 'missing out' part! That's interesting

  2. I love Shakespeare, and of course Hamlet’s is one of the greatest of his soliloquies, great post! And yes, I have had such thoughts, but it’s been a long, long, LONG time since I have!

    1. I am rereading Hamlet currently, it’s always amazing to me how the same text changes to me as I age and my point of view shifts!

      1. It truly is amazing how aspects of our lives, personalities, beliefs, and ideals can change given time & experience. Who you are and what you like today most likely bear little resemblance to who you’ll be and what you’ll like 5 and 10 years down the road.

  3. I’ve never thought about taking a break from existence, but I’d love to take a break from time: to somehow step outside of the space-time continuum so that I might be able to take a nap without ruining my schedule.

    1. A nap would be great, where do I sign up?!

      1. Haha you have to be part of some horrific, scientific experiment so that you can gain the superpowers necessary to stop time. Or you could just be the Dragonborn.

  4. I often want to take a break from life! LIfe can suck sometimes!

    1. Yes, indeed it can, but this planet will keep turning no matter how much everything sucks

  5. I switch off when I go to work, knowing that I am entering an existence fashioned by someone else. Does that count?

    Whether it does or not, it is a sad statement about my employment as a uni lecturer.

    1. I did not expect the ‘existence fashioned by someone else’ to be a uni lecturer! As a former student, I appreciated my professors and still miss them

  6. Such a great soliloquy! 😀 I’d feel anxious about missing things while I’m away, but taking a rest break from things would certainly be a welcome respite!

    1. Thank you 😀indeed, it would!

  7. Only today l asked myself why can there just not be a reset button on the day! Some days turned shitty side up, l want to stop, get off, press reset and start again.

    1. I really wish there was a restart button!

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