"Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness and they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy, or they become legends."
--One Stab, in the screenplay of Jim Harrison's Legends of the Fall
"Man needs to choose, not just accept, his destiny."
I just read Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, the story of a boy who leaves the seminary to become a shepherd so that he can read and travel, and who lives out his own personal legend seeking treasure, physical and spiritual, crossing the Sahara. I had thought that sometimes we, at least some of us, need to strike out cross-country instead of following the established path. Now I see that we all need to find our own way.
I also want to explore the West, from desert to mountain and Mexico to Canada, to ride horses through grizzly wilds. Arguably, that’s what I’ve been doing for 13 years now. I want to expand my explorations to foreign lands, take beautiful photographs, write exotic travelogues, meet people of different cultures, understand how they live on their land, see how their mythologies are similar to or different from my own.
So how do I balance the homesteading and exploring instincts? And what about that professional career that I’ve been groomed for my whole life? How do I find harmony, create beauty, and live in simple richness?