“Forget about trying to compete with someone else. Create your own pathway. Create your own new vision.”
~ Herbie Hancock
As those of you who follow my Facebook page(s) may already know, I have decided to dramatically shorten this “Ride” and head from my current stop in Ohio straight to New Mexico … where I’ll be settling (well, “settling” as best as I can!) into a new kind of journey – and the beginning of the remainder of my years here on Earth. Though I’ve lived alone for the last 30 years and always had a good sense of self, the original “Ride” – and subsequent 13 months back in NY State – solidified that discernment and self-knowledge, and I came to recognize my spirit gently whispering that it was time to step into this last third of my life as a new creation … to truly begin to live full to who and what I am, and establish myself where and how I want to be. I’d known this intrinsically for quite some time, but as I’d received dozens of invitations and had acceded to do another Ride, I felt obligated to follow through. As time went on, however, I knew … or rather, I grew to accept …that this just was not the right time to meander. I do anticipate – and fully intend – to Ride again, as there are yet so many I’d like to share time and stories with, and hundreds of wonderful places to see ……… but next time it will be from a home-base, to which I’ll return afterward.
I truly believe that our Lives have many paths and trails, many roads and voyages to endeavour upon until our last heartbeat, and that final passage to whatever lies ahead. For most of us, our purpose changes over the course of time. No one segment – or other or prior direction – was “wrong,” but rather it is simply that we have an infinite number of gateways in our journey … and we enter these at different times of our lives. Some do have a singular path, an exclusive and unique purpose they are born into … no doubt, for many artists, scientists, priests and monks this is true … but for me, I find the upcoming evolution exciting and liberating. I have many passions and objectives that I’m looking forward to enjoying and fulfilling in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
I’ll continue to share the stories of my (more locally confined) wanders, along with the beauty I see both in the land, the skies, the waters … and in people. And over time, this blog will, no doubt, change as the human and spirit join together fully on this sojourn. It’s a new day, a new journey, and I look forward to returning to where my Heart soars: To live, hike, photograph, paint and write in a land filled with unbounded Spirit, and to dance in that light. To putting my boots back on those trails and my voice lifting to sing with the Ravens once more.