Monday, August 26, 2013

The Vessel: Reflections on my World Adventure

Interactive Map of my 2012-2013 World Canoe Building Adventure

Am I really home? After a year of traveling the world, living amidst indigenous communities, upon their waterways, building their canoes, I find myself asking, is my adventure really over?

The canoe is a vessel. Around planet Earth's diverse environments, traditional canoes literally carry the life of people whom depend on them. Yet these vessels carry much more than goods and bodies, they carry a way of life, a world view born of a particular ecosystem. In this way, the canoes of traditional cultures are storytellers, vessels carrying important lessons, insights, inspirations, ideas, and meanings across time.

The idea of listening to these storytellers, through the wood's grain or the bundling of reeds, was the wind which thrust strongly at my back as I made my first few steps this year.  As I look back on notes, photographs, memories, and friends, as I hope you will on this site, the synchronicity of my journey illuminates. There's so much more in my heart to unravel, so much more to these stories I don't yet understand. What epitomic words can I say to you, you who have taught, followed, connected and supported me?

I will say thank you, but I will also say find your passion, that which you love and are inspired by in all honesty, and purse it, in which ever way works. Your passion is sacred. It is sacrelidge to ignore or fear it. Thank you to all of my teachers this year for showing me this. Thank you to this world these gifts and for you.

Am I really home? Is this adventure really over? Maybe I never left home. Maybe the chance to follow my passion was finally coming home, an initiation into understand what home means. Now, I see that adventure is an approach to life, a certain story that commands the way it is lived. Adventure is not other countries, the exotic, or anything contextual. It is the excitement, the interest. Our passion is simply what carries them. Here's to an adventure, a homecoming. To the vessel.


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