Now that I am back in
I also travelled on a kind of parallel inward journey. Henry James noted, “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” I hope that I finished the trek a little different from the person who began it, with a stronger sense of awe and gratitude. Over the long days on the trail, despite—or maybe because of—the intensity of the beauty around me, I sometimes struggled with loneliness and homesickness; during those moments, I sought to make a mental shift, to view my solitude as a blessing and opportunity for growth rather than a trial to be endured. I missed my family and friends constantly, but tried do my own work on my relationships with loved ones as I journeyed on in their absence. The Talmud teaches: “M’shaneh makom, m’shaneh mazal—to change your place is to change your fate.” Halfway around the world from my usual “place,” I recognized the power of this teaching.
I hope to write a book on my time here, and it will take me quite awhile just to wrap my mind around the incredible things, times, people, and places that I experienced. For now, then, falling back on the old maxim that a picture is worth a thousand words, see the link below for a bunch of photos from my trek. Shalom, Namaste and Enjoy!