At 24 I knew my life wasn’t quite heading in the direction that I wanted it to; the issue was , I knew what I didn’t want but I really didn’t have much else of an idea about who or what I wanted to be, let alone how to get there.
Naturally I decided to quit my job and run away to another country to solve the problem.
Next thing I knew I was sat on a flight to the USA with a 4,000 mile road trip across America with a group of complete strangers on the horizon.
Little did I know, those strangers became great friends as we blazed a trail across the Northern States and national parks of America.
‘There is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.’
– Jon Krakauer
Each day we’d pack up the camp that we called home back into the trailer and set off to explore another corner of what the wilderness had to offer. The deeper we got into our adventure, the deeper I felt the conviction of what I wanted my life to be.
Towards the end of our trip we wound our way along the highway 1 which twisted and rolled with the stunning Californian coastline, the twinkling turquoise of the Pacific always at our side. We stopped off to explore Monterey Bay and, after a stroll along the infamous Cannery Row, decided to visit the Aquarium at its end.
Within the Aquarium was an amazing quote by Terry Tempest Williams which instantly summed up my feelings about my entire trip and why I found myself there; those few lines perfectly capturing the beautiful things I saw and the immense sense of freedom that I felt.
‘Wilderness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.’
-Terry Tempest Williams