Did you stay on the path you started on?
Did you know the way?
Did you follow someone's map?
Right at the edge of this picture is Cape Blanco, the westernmost point in the contiguous United States. Standing here you realize that the entire Western World is behind you!
The entire North America continent!
Someone had to step out into the wild and explore this part of the world.Someone had to set sail and chart new territories. Someone had to draft maps, identify any new fruit, new tubers, new berries, new fowl. Lewis and Clark explorations of the territories west of the Mississippi were difficult on many levels.
(The town of Port Orford is the oldest town-site on this coast, founded in 1859.)
Every time we step out of our comfort zone, every time we are surprised by life's twists, we are doing what humans have done for millions of years, blazing new trails and adapting. With each mile into a new territory we have expanded our ability to thrive in adversities.
Each generation adds bits of new trails for all of us to follow comfortably.
We just have to remember to write down all the steps, all the turns, all the highlights, so future populations can follow.
This describes physical territories.
How do we chart emotional ones?