Sometimes you have to go far away to get close to your feelings


Sometimes you have to go far away to get close to your feelings

When I was on Crete, a woman vanished. My reaction to the news was nothing like what it would have been in SA

I have realised that a lot of my time is not spent feeling things, but rather wondering why am I feeling these things, in this way, now?

I have spent some time in Crete over the past year or so, so I have some Cretan friends and belong to a few Cretan chat groups, and earlier this month I noticed how alarmed everyone was about the missing American. On July 2 Suzanne Eaton, a 59-year-old molecular biologist working as a research leader at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden, Germany, was in Crete for a conference.

In the afternoon she was seen by many people playing a piano in the hotel lobby, and then she wasn’t seen again. I first heard about it a day or so later, and monitored developments through the week following. It turned out that all of her belongings were still in her hotel room – her purse, her credit cards, the dress she was wearing while tinkling the piano. The only things missing were her running shorts, a t-shirt and her grey-and-pink running shoes. Her family flew to Crete and helped to coordinate the search efforts, and confirmed that she was an enthusiastic jogger who tried to run at least half an hour every day, usually in the late afternoon or evening...

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