Cheryl Strayed "strayed" from the usual path and set out on her own. In her case, it was a thousand miles on a path along the West Coast. Her journey is pretty concrete, in some ways, as we can all "see" the path she took. But the adventure, the solitude, the big decisions - those are intangibles. And they apply to more than just hikers. People often take their own paths by starting businesses to work for themselves, moving cross country, ending relationships, changing careers, taking up new hobbies and more. What do you think gives these people the courage and stamina to do so? Or is it something unique to the individual?
For some, I believe it to be a sincere love of nature. And, the thought they might find the answers to many of life's sufferings by submerging themselves in the quiet beauty of nature. In 1984, I ventured off to Nepal for a 16 day experience, and to climb to Everest Base Camp. Newly divorced, I sincerely hoped for insight and healing. Did I find IT on a high mountain? No! It came with..age and time! The experience took my mind off of "myself" in a healthy, and wonderful way. It was the right thing, for me, at the right time. We all search for "HOPE".....and peace of mind. Namaste'