Thursday, September 26, 2013

Autumnal review

Death and rebirth are beautiful things. Full photo on Flickr

Set for perpetual regrowth

Do you ever have those moments in your life where you feel like you're living in a film? Or maybe a good novel. Suddenly your whole life, where you live, who you love, what you do and who you are is revolving around you in slow motion, and you feel yourself defined. Hopefully what you see makes you happy.

The sensation can strike at any time, but I tend to believe certain conditions spur it on, and for me, autumn is filled with just the right ingredients. In these weeks when the trees are shifting colors, the air is crisp, gardens are being harvested, and hunting seasons are picking up is when nostalgia hits.

We reap now the seeds we sowed last spring, thus everything is in review. Our investments are set before us, our progress made evident. Marked on a mental timeline is where we've been, the steps we've taken, and how we arrived at who we are today - someone different than past us.

Just over a year ago, I wrote one of the heaviest pieces I've ever tangled with. At the time I was going through a very tumultuous, personal crisis, and this column gave me a way to express my grief. I felt isolated and lost, but reaching out to you, reader, was my way of wrestling depression.

At that time, reconnecting to nature allowed me to escape, while writing publicly about my pain forced me to face hard truth. When I asked for help I found it in the solace of words. Telling stories of freedom and adventure only served to create in me a hunger for more, which in turn forced me to seek more adventure to write about.

If I've learned one thing, it's that nature is full of positive energy, and following that pureness has lead me right where I need to be...

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Autumn may be filled with nostalgia, but a year later, I am a different person. The void of misdirection and depreciating self-worth I experienced then is only remembered now by the journals buried in my sock drawer. September Seth of 2012 is a smaller man, I think, than me currently. I am growing outward now, rather than shrinking back. I have found strength in myself I did not know I had. I have given parts of myself away in ways I did not know where possible. I have let go of things that I once thought stubbornly defined me, and found in their place a richness in quality of life to which there is no earthly thing for me to compare.

In my life in these woods there are steps towards aspirations now where I was only disoriented without a compass in the past, and I want other people to experience a similar quality of life. What I'm saying is, there is no wrong way to live your life, but there is a right way - offer value. Create in yourself a valuable person; someone who offers value to other people, and you'll receive ten-fold what you put out. This is not a speculation, it is a promise.
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Aspire to do what you love, be open, and strive for honesty in everything you do. You'll be taken advantage off, sure, but you'll also find a path to fulfillment where otherwise you'd have missed it. This is not easy, but it's worth it. You will want to quit, you will want to lay down, you may even want to run away, but if your cause is true, and you indulge your inspirations, eventually you'll find yourself surrounded by the right people, and that's when things will take off.

No man is an island. You need other people, a strong network, and you need to treat them well. Find ways in which to offer value, to take care of people who take care of you, and in time, because people have incredible capacities to reciprocate, you'll find yourself feeling very fortunate. That's what redefining your life feels like. That's what success feels like - gratitude.

“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts. His acts being seven ages.”
- William Shakespeare

See you out there,
A woodsman in training.

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