24 Mar. My South Island walk had three purposes: me, Jenny and charities. For me it was a transition journey back to some sort of normal life after Jenny’s illness and passing. For Jenny, it was for her spirit to be with me in the natural world she loves. And for charities, it was to give them the support they need and deserve. All those goals have been achieved, except that the world is no longer in the normal zone.
For me it was time to reflect on the wonderful life I have enjoyed with Jenny and finding peace and joy in the immediacy of day to day living now. There was support from a community of like minded individuals on the trail, many with stories of their own. While walking, there are few concerns beyond food, drink, shelter, weather and navigation. Those factors are all about living in the present, not in the past or future. Good lessons for world we now live in.
Some other walking lessons for life:
- Know which direction you are headed and work out the basics you will need for the journey. Don’t worry about the details; those will materialise in time, usually from others providing it.
- Going at your own pace means that you are in your own space. Going at others pace means you are in their space. Decide which is right for the moment.
- When things don’t go to plan, look for the new opportunities which always present themselves.
- As Diego commented, we all come together as strangers from totally different backgrounds and are immediately connected. Others connect to us. Look for those connections.
- We are all on the same journey, so “goodbyes” are unnecessary. We will meet again soon.
As I commented at the start of the trail, this journey was about connecting with nature and people. Some special friendships have been made which will last a lifetime.
And finally the charities. Thank you for being so generous. Over 83 donations have been made and over $6,300 (£3,000) has been given to the two charities.
Many of you have told me how much you have enjoyed following my journey through the blog posts, so it has been nice to spread some of the joy I have experienced. Stay well and enjoy life.