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Adjusting to Regular Life


It’s been a month since I’d walked into Victoria and finished my long adventure. And, it’s been an odd time for me.

Returning to “normal” life and the routines of this modern society are more of a challenge than I’d anticipated they would be. I should be familiar with these feelings. After all, this isn’t my first time returning from an adventure that had me living outdoors, experiencing the best of people on a daily basis, and living an extremely simple existence.

Thankfully, I’ve had plenty to do around the house, preoccupying myself with cleaning, restocking and general maintenance. And, I’ve been working on my book. The distraction has been welcomed but I’d still rather be walking from sun-up to sundown and living my life outdoors. I miss the simplicity of my tent/home, having all that I need carried on my back, and taking great joy in the simple things. I know these are all things I can replicate at home, in my daily life and in my little cabin but they will take some effort, adjustment and time.

I’ve been on the hunt for meaningful employment as well. It’s been a long time since I’ve had to prepare a resume, anticipate interviews, and search for something fulfilling. I’m open to the possibilities of changing career while still trying to take advantage of my experience and skills. It’s strange, to say the least.

And, lastly, I’ve been trying to establish a new routine, one that keeps me productive while maintaining the peace and positive outlook I’ve so adeptly acquired over the past year. It’s proving to be more challenging than it sounds. Still, I’m determined and persistent.

All in all, life after the walk has provided me with challenges that I’m working on and through. Updates to my progress will be coming in the future. But, I’ll also be writing in here about interests and passions, projects and artistic endeavours, and I’ll be writing about adventures that take me around my neighbourhood and far from home.


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