“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.
If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.
Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.
You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.
My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”
Reading Into the Wild was what set my body and mind in motion. This quote hit home and I started training to hike the Alaskan Wilderness with a group for 3 weeks. I trained for 2 months solid and stopped. So much for a dream. Ironically, considering the quote, I would be willing to bet either a man or alcohol got in the way.
Now that neither are my focus, not by a long shot … life is here, laughing and welcoming me back in to play. The time is now to welcome that which lays on my doorstep – all that I have called forth for years on end.
Making it happen is the new manifestation. It is time to MOVE.
Today, I set aside some time to see what new opportunities awaited in the age of Covid. REI had plenty of free courses that are all now cancelled until further notice. The summer is coming to a close shortly and I must get my time in now, while I can. I figure, the more I get involved now, the more time I will have to really assess what it is that I am missing or need practice with.
I searched for bushcraft and survival schools in relatively close proximity to me. 2 hours is no big deal to me, neither is 3-5 hours. I found Coal Cracker Bushcraft online and the bushcraft courses look pretty promising. I can set up a custom 2-5 day course for my travel to Alaska. Trying to narrow down skills I think will be the most helpful. They also offer orienteering skills courses, which is a must. I also found some local bushcraft wilderness survival weekends in the Appalachian Mtns.
Other than that, I am setting up time with friends who are skilled in fishing and learning how to clean them, etc. I’ll be calling into the local YMCA for discounted or free gym memberships for low-income individuals. I can no longer afford my gym and I need the incentive, motivation and strength training. It’s a must.
Soon, I’ll touch base with the lodge owners and find out what they recommend for training, gear, etc. I have already started my bug-out bag and other hiking essentials such as gear, shoes, etc.
It’s been about 6 months since I purchased my hiking boots and I have yet to try them on or break them in. Pretty damn pathetic considering my trip to Alaska was supposed to be this Sept.
It’s of no question of how much I have always wanted this lifestyle overhaul, it’s a matter of DOING it now. I have a year.
About the only thing I am manifesting through this Lions Gateway Portal, today, is self-forgiveness and true compassion for all that I was, all that I am and will become, true connection and joy.
(image credit – Andy Køgl -Unsplash).