…How do we recognise the start of this process?
We feel ourselves differently.
Ordinarily we dwell in a habitual reality,
which is largely peculiar to each of us.
We move within our tiny orbit
of pre-conceived notions of the world,
like cave fish unaware of sunlight.
If this orbit be broken,
we flail and thrash about helplessly,
but really all we have lost
is our habitual feelings about ourself.
We become fearful, certainly,
but only because we are now
no longer recognisable to ourselves.