This letter is inspired by Wild by Cheryl Strayed – a book describing Strayed’s 1000 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. The letter is a bit more emotive than most of my other letters, but being alone paired with meeting so many fellow travellers has made me a bit more open to my feelings. I mean in the last two weeks I’ve met a Dutch woman and her English boyfriend who met in Afghanistan, and lived there in very hard circumstances and are now taking a well-deserved trip, an Irish woman who is heading for a year in Australia, and even fellow Canadians who are making a life in Singapore. It’s been really wonderful, and shown me that we are all on a similar path.
But the coolest thing about this letter is that for the first time, I will be leaving the book somewhere for the next solo traveller to find. Now I just need to figure out where to leave it!!!!
July 19, 2013
Solo traveller far from home:
If you are reading this book then there is a reason for your journey. Though maybe only you know it.
If you are reading this letter then the doubts you are having have been had before…by me…by many.
Know that though you travel solo you are never truly alone.
Others have walked before you on the same path; others will follow; others will meet you on it from all directions, just as Wild describes.
But no-one will walk it in exactly the same way. And that is why we’re here, so – don’t despair.
Be at peace with yourself.