With 2016 firmly in the rear view mirror, I look forward to the road that is 2017.
Like anything else, we are in a constant state of change, even if it means all some of us are doing is sitting on the couch, staring at the clock, and watching the seconds slip by. How we choose to pass the time determines our path and helps shape our personal growth. Sometimes decisions and actions must be made which help clear the road for that growth. Often times, however, those decisions and action can be divergent from everyone else, or even evolved from some of your own long held beliefs.
It is no mystery I have a far different, even controversial at times, wilderness survival and preparedness philosophy than the community as a whole. And though we share the desire for the same end result—stay alive—in order to be true to myself, I’ve had to carve my own unfettered path, free of biases and ideologies.
November 2015 would be the last time I logged into facebook, spending just enough time there to hit the account delete button. I had been so disenfranchised with it for sometime, it just had to be done. Unlike others who return to it after some time, I really had no desire to and still don’t.
It’s been almost a year now, but early last year I tendered my letter of resignation to Dirttime. Truthfully, neither one of the partners, or I, were surprised by my resignation. The writing had been on the wall for some time. It was something that needed to be done and quite honestly is probably something that should have been done a year or more earlier than that.
Immediately after resigning from Dirttime, I gathered all of my outdoor gear—dutch ovens, tents, sleeping pads, lanterns, etc—put them in my truck and drove them down to my local goodwill store and just dropped them off. There was no second of pause or doubt.
So there it is. 2016 was a year of upgrade and change. I don’t belong to any survival group, survival organization, or consider myself part of the survival community [I shutter at the idea]. I don’t belong to any forums or read any survival magazines.
That’s not to say I no longer spend time in the outdoors, quite the opposite. All it means is I am not shackled by the near cultish ideals of others. I’m not beholden to what others think I should or shouldn’t have in order to be prepared for the outdoors. I walk my own walk and hike my own hike.
2017, I look forward to what you have to offer.
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”—Lord Polonius