Hours spent wondering if we’re all dead: 10
Hours spent writing: 2
After spending a decent amount of time on Mackinac Island (two months to be exact), I’m starting to think that I live on the same Island Matthew Fox did when he was on Lost. I spent my day off laying out in the sun reminiscing on my experience here so far and I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s something bigger going on here. Something that’s bigger than I could ever even fathom.
Here’s the thing…
Mackinac island is this tiny little island in Michigan that’s located between the upper and lower peninsula. It’s tourism central here. The island itself is roughly 8.2 miles round and there aren’t any cars here. Everyone gets around by bike, horse, carriage, or simply by walking. In other words, it’s a small place to live and you’re always being watched.
I’m not sure whether it’s the fact that it’s an island or it’s the people that are here but there’s so much distraction here. It’s difficult to manage your time while you’re here unless you’re completely anti-social and like to live under a rock (not that I’m judging those who do, I’m just saying). For me, I always feel like I’m on vacation here.
If you come here to work for the summer, it’s difficult to go to the mainland unless you live there because you’re almost always working. Since I live here and not on the mainland, I’ve had a chance to experience the island in full capacity which has led me to the conclusion that I may never be able to get off this island when it’s time to leave in the winter.
I feel like I can’t leave. Or that I’m not going to be able to leave once the season is over. I’m convinced that when October comes I’m going to discover that we’re all dead, we have been this entire time, and that this is really just my version of heaven.
The weird part about it is that I’m not the only person here who feels this way. Jewel also has the feeling we’re unable to leave.
So I guess only time will tell. Once October comes and it’s time for us all to go our separate ways we will see if the island calls us back next year or not. I prefer not to come back unless I’m on vacation because I really want to go to Europe but if things are happening the way I imagine them to be right now, I won’t have a choice. I won’t be able to leave.