I am fully aware that I am homeless and that I spend my days hiking and teaching, that my nights writing blogs in a tent, or that we would rather spend time on trails photographing nature and discovering the world rather than building up our RRSPs and competing for that next promotion – but those are our choices. Neither of us have never been drawn to a life sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, over 50 years. I don’t love spending time in malls buying more stuff that I will never use. And my goal in life was never to have a huge house filled with more things I don’t need. My goals have always been to wander. (I think we both “suffer” from insatiable Wanderlust). I have always wanted experiences rather than stuff. So, what is wrong with that - especially if we pose no burden on society or anyone else? Sure we have we made our share of mistakes, but that is the thing they are our mistakes, and we each have to live with them. They arise from successes and errors we have made as individuals and do not arise from the concern that we are not where we are supposed to be by different people’s demands or society’s standards.
It has taken both of us a long time to feel comfortable with who we are and what our plans are - but that has only been possible because we have had amazing support from family, friends, and our fellow hikers. If I had existed primarily online - as so many do today - I'm not sure I would have had the courage to go my own way.
Sufficient to say, the past month or two has been a period of lots of thinking, talking, laughing, and yes at times crying. However, while remembering the past can be joyous, and being asked to relive old heartbreaks and reconsider different opportunities can be rending it also lets each of us to reconsider the world we want after Covid and figure out what types of people we want to be. With this in mind, perhaps right now – with all the time to reflect and reconsider the world – we can all decide to restart in a more positive direction.