“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led west.”
- Wallace Stegner
I was reminded today about the things in life that keep me sane and was pleasantly surprised to see them in the form of a thoughtful man and a new beanie. Thoughtful man proposed an impromptu walk whilst wearing the new beanie, which was just the thing I needed to turn me back into a human being. Being is the key word. Being with country is even better.
A friend recently lent me Bill Bryson’s A walk in the woods and it brought back memories of journeying, but most importantly the lessons in life that journeying through walking can bring. For me it’s not just an activity or exercise (my friends will attest to how little preparation and exercise I actually do). It’s a way of being. It simplifies everything – the bare guts of what we actually need in life to survive. Somewhere along the line life became more complicated than it needed to be and the things most important became lost. One of my favourite quotes sums it up nicely:
“The intuitive mind is the sacred gift and the rational mind the faithful servant. We have created a society that has forgotten the gift and honours the servant.”
- Albert Einstein
Journeying keeps me sane. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an internal or external journey, it all leads to the same place – the intuitive mind = my true self. I used to journey to escape irksome’s, now I’m trying to find ways to keep the feeling alive in the everyday. Thoughtful men, impromptu walks and new beanies are a good place to start.