I’ve had three major careers in my life: first, the film industry. Next, a writer/journalist. And now, the best one of all – hiker.
No really! Who says you have to be paid for it to be a career? This is where I am choosing to spend my time and energy – this is where my soul is filled. Of all the things I have done in my life – all the things I have dedicated my energy to – nothing has brought me this kind of joy.
My other careers brought me recognition and certainly a goodly sense of achievement. But they also brought negatives – especially the first one. I have never experienced a negative in the mountains. Oh sure – there’s been rain; there have been bugs that bite. There has been snow, wind, hail, sleet, freezing cold, burning sun and, at times, enormous fear. None of these have been negatives.
Nature rewards those who embrace her in ways that cannot be measured.
I am blessed.
I am still discovering this new home of mine. And there is so much ground to cover. I can’t hope to cover it all in one or even two summers. But this summer is one giant wow. Thanks to Simon, my love and to Nicky, my dearest new friend and Sheila, my lovely friend and to so many others in the KMC, I have been able to make discoveries I could never have found on my own. And those discoveries have been mind-expanding.
This land I find myself in is different from other places I have known. In the alpine I find elements of many other places – Switzerland, the Rockies, the Island – but each place is unique. This one – these Kootenays – are their own special place. This is a landscape and a topography I am only beginning to be acquainted with. It’s a surprisingly welcoming and friendly land, willing to be explored and ready to share its treasures.
One word for this year: home. When I chose that word, I had no idea what to expect. I did not expect this place to creep up on my the way it has – or even in the way it has. I did not expect the mountains to reveal so much of themselves or to offer so much beauty. I did not expect to find the people I have and to form these bonds that make living here a good thing.
And then there’s the house, which Simon is turning into a home. The garden – having that made a big difference. Bit by bit, Simon is transforming this into a place I come home to and “home” has a meaning. More and more I realize that we two can make any place a home – a sanctuary for us.
And so I am finding my footing and my equilibrium.
My second word for the year: fierce. Again, this is manifesting in ways I had not expected – where I experience it is in the alpine in ways I can’t yet quite describe. But I know I am finding an intensity that is new – and, quite frankly, fierce.
I am celebrating this third absorption of my life – and embracing it. It feels so very right.