Above and beyond

November 10th, 2013, 4pm

You are relentless. At times, your energy can drain mine. I wanted to turn your willpower on itself, so I challenged you to do absolutely nothing for five minutes. “You won’t last three!”, I mocked. Joyously falling for the bait you cried: “I can manage ten, easily! Watch me!” And then you sat on my couch, just staring and breathing, almost like they’ve done it for ages to free themselves of the world. The seconds passed by. I didn’t want to interrupt your will powered silence, but it made me nervous. It felt like you weren’t really there, like you had been replaced by some pure and silent zeal beyond my - and even your - control. You used my challenge against me. When you had to move after more than six minutes, I thought: Yes, you can do anything.

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Marcus Hammerschmitt

Writer, journalist and photographer. Eighteen books so far, on paper and on screen. My biography is boring, my life is not.

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