Days 55 and 56 August 19 & 20, 2001
Stopping to camp in High River, Alberta for few days and realizing I’m getting anxious about going home. I had learned so much about myself on this trip. Would it stick after I got back to the real world? When I get back to my teaching job? When I’m throw into the world of workplace politics?
I need a good self help book but I left my collection at home. I always enjoy reading books by authors who have things figured out or biographies of people who have overcome obstacles. I saw a book in Jasper about a woman who hiked The Rockies all by herself but I knew I shouldn’t buy it because I’m getting close to running out of money.
I heard someone say that we all have the answers to life, we just have to be reminded. (I’m making myself a list on a fresh, clean page.)
What is a person who can successfully take on life?
- An optimist
- A risk taker
- A person with a stubbornness of conviction
- Someone with intelligence, a degree of wisdom and understanding
- Someone not afraid to be different, not a crowd follower or people pleaser
- Someone passionate, who has enough drive to put dreams into actions, who keeps climbing and plugging away
- A person confident but not to the point of arrogance
- A person who stands up for herself as she voices her feelings, opinions and boundaries; strong but never to the point ruthlessness
ANXIETY! I have fallen short on each one of these points many times during my life. Am I really going to be better? The reality of day-to-day life will be a challenge. All of this isn’t even a matter of courage, we are all afraid. Do I have enough faith to believe everything will be okay? I know I have gained much on this trip but will it be enough?
I closed the journal, thought of my mom, and wrote her a letter.
You always ask me to write you letters, well, here I go. I want to make sure that you know I admire you. You are strong and have always managed to overcome the challenges life has given you. I’m really proud of the joy and adventure you now have going on senior citizen bus trips with your friends. You did this change on your own and took this risk to have more fun in your life. I know the other ladies are really enjoying your company. I’m very proud of you.
Love always, your daughter
I will send out the letter when I cross the border into my home country once again.
Here at sunset in The Canadian Rockies, I am feeling nostalgic, sentimental, and weepy but also grateful.