Category Archives: movement

stop moving.

JMW Turner’s depiction of a stormy sea, painted c1831.
JMW Turner’s depiction of a stormy sea, painted -1831
Late in September 1836, a five-year voyage came to an end, and a young naturalist stepped ashore at Falmouth on 2 October and looked back in rueful contemplation of the severe privations that he – unlike Captain Cook’s men – never faced: “I speak from experience: it is no trifling evil which may be cured in a week”

-Charles Darwin, on discovering seasickness

having always been prone to motion sickness

from most any mode of travel or spinning movement

vertigo from a pilates class

spinning on any ride known to mankind

cruising on the water after a hurricane


watching hand-held camera shots on film

riding on and in planes, trains, buses, and automobiles

(not when riding on horses or camels, at least)

i should not have been surprised

watching richard branson fly off into space

listening to the play-by-play

of speed, g-force, lack of gravity, the woozy view from the window seat, the up, the down

when i began to feel motion sick

sitting on solid ground

in my living room

on earth.

one of many reasons i am not an astronaut.


sources: the guardian, tim radford, bbc, almay photo, virgin air photo