I guess this is a throwback, I'm feeling nostalgic.
I remember this day like it was yesterday. It was sunny outside, it was December 19th, 2013. My family and I had rented bicycles to ride around the Angkor complex just outside Sien Riep in Cambodia. It was about midday, and we were entering Angkor Thom, where they had filmed some scenes for the Tomb Raider movies. I was awed by how the rock felt like wood. Not so much in how it physically looked or felt, but more the emotional memory embedded in it. So much had happened to these stones, so many lives had passed through them. The blending of roots with these stones was beautiful as it combined old and new life I guess.
Anyway, we were walking through a part of the temple where I saw a tall pillar that everyone was ignoring. I stopped and looked at it because it had a design that I had seen at other temples and I liked. It was then when I spotted a small hole in the side of the pillar. Maybe hole isn't the greatest way to describe it, it was definitely meant to be there, but no meant to be noticed. I had only noticed it because my hands had been on the stone. The opening was big enough for me to fit inside, so me being the impulsive person I am ducked my head inside.
It was dark in there, dark and musky. I felt like I was Nausicaa sitting on the Ohm shell, watching the afternoon spores take flight. It was fairly cramped, but homey. I was awestruck, in a quiet way. There is a sharp, thin slice of light that careened down from an opening in the top of the structure, a piece must have fallen out. I look up towards the light and there it is. Staring at me. No anger, no curiousness. Just staring at me. This owl, half awake, was staring at me, as if I was something. It's so difficult to describe in words the whole experience, but I stood there for a good 10 minutes, looking up at this Owl. It was a beautiful moment in my life. I then took a couple photos, then called my family to come look.
In life, there are many moments that change one's life. We expect these moments to coincide with big decisions we make, or with changing thoughts. This was not one of those moments, this was quiet moment.