“Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.”
© Tom Gable
Have you ever gone for a walk in the woods and realized that you do not have any idea of where you are at? If not, try it. I know, I sound a bit ridiculous but nonetheless do it. You will find that a strange feeling accompanies such times as your heart begins to pound while you search for familiar landmarks and places you recognize. The fear of potentially being stranded in the woods is frightening. But if one stops and forgets about being lost, a beautiful picture comes into view. You are in the middle of the woods with the reality of life outside the forest distant. No one is in the woods but you. Difficulties are far away. You do not have to put on the person you think the world wants you to be, you can just be you. How many times do you feel like you are completely, utterly you? Furthermore, how often can you get lost in the woods anymore? How many forests are around you that you could get lost in in the first place? My guess is not many unless you are an extremely lucky individual. But I urge, you nonetheless, to go find a place to get lost, but know in doing so you might find quite a bit that you have lost.