... and why?
I don't know. I've got less of a clue now, then a year ago. I suppose that should bother me. After a year of the "Healing Power of the Open Road" I should be well healed... Right?
Well... yes and no.
I breathe easier now. I know less, but I know more. It should bother me... but... It Don't!
Confused? Good! :)
Looky here. Ever'body claims they're lookin' for the Purpose, for the Reason... the Meaning of Life. Yeah? Well... Luck with that. I'm here to say, I don't believe me, you or anybody else is ever gonna find that lil' Holy Grail. The Human Critter just ain't equipped to see it. I swear, most the people I see would trip over it if you stacked seven of those Grails in front of 'em on a hike!... Including... ME!
Here's the deal, from where I stand, and since it's my own free opinion, you get your money's worth. It's not about finding some special, specific thing, and even if it was, that THING is gonna likely be different for each individual person in this Human Herd that's constantly thundering across the planet in its never ending search.
It's about finding the pleasure in each step. Pleasure, and Joy and Serenity gained, NOT at someone Else's expense... but from the simple act of Breathing in pure air, sipping cool clear water on a hot day, listening to the river, the wind in the trees... the freight train's wail across the valley deep in the night... the sight of a spring colt bucking across a meadow.
... That cool fresh breeze, and the scent of the pines that hits your face, as you come around the point of the mountain, from the hot, dusty trail, and enter into the dark thick grove that surrounds the base of the twin falls, where they come thundering off the mountain...
It's about listening to friends laughter across a mountain campfire... or the table in a local pub...
It's about the lost souls that have left gaping holes in your heart...
It's about having no where you have to be, and all day to get there...
It's about... whatever tickles your whiskers... right now, at this very moment.
... and if what Tickles, changes from what you'd Planned? If what you thought you wanted proves to NOT be your Holy Grail? Go with it. Don't get stuck in something that don't fit no more. Even, (Oh Blasphemy!) RV Boondocking! Try it for a while. Keep at it 'till it don't fit no more... then... Do something Else! Just follow your eyes and your heart, and find out where you end up.
Experience. Touch. Taste. Smell. Hear.
... and when folks ask; "But I thought you were gonna...?" You just reply; "I was... Now I ain't!"
... and when they say; "You can't do that" ... or ... "That is so foolish"... or whatever other stick they try to beat you with...
... just shake your head and tell 'em; "I'm sorry."
They'll ask you; "Sorry for what?"
... and before you turn and walk away you can tell 'em; "That you haven't yet conquered your fear, and it's crippled your ability to raise your eyes from the ground, to see the horizon."
I May be poor... But I'm Rich
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