Gonzales' book is a great tale of survival. It's also an understanding of how that drive works. But it's also more. He uses the term BE HERE NOW. That is where I find myself. Except I'm not here now, I'm in between not committed to anything and therefore going nowhere. Survival isn't just about getting out of a bad situation deep in the mountains or far out at sea. It's everyday. We make the wrong decisions about so many things as we flounder through life doing what we think is expected of us as opposed to what we want to be doing -- truely. It's only when we face the big scary monsters in the closet and we avoid the final smear that we think about survival. "Oh wow I survived that! I must have done the right thing." But it's the insidious day to day things that kill us or atleast kill our soul.
Survived another one! Alaska wake up call - remote trigger avalance in the Valdez backcountry with car sized blocks of death cookie snow
It was then timely to be reading not only "Deep Survival" but also Jason Lewis' log of his 13 year adventure circumnavigating the planet by human power only. I got me thinking. What have I done in those same thirteen years? 13 years takes us back to 1994. In my case to the age of 32. In that time span I've mostly worked. I've owned several companies and as I do I took every fifth year off to do as I mostly pleased. A year of sailing and mountaineering, a year of skiing and biking and the building of Tsunamichaser I have more money than I did then but am I richer? Have I seen, touched come to know the world? Truthfully no. As I'm doing now, I've mostly been sitting on the couch. Yes I've been climbing in Alaska, big mountain style, I've sailed a fair amount, skiied and kayaked but it all adds up to months of adventure not continous years. It wasn't a concious place more an escape to recreation.
Gonzales has some great tools and explanations to help you gain the understanding of how the self goes about the survival process particularily in as he puts it in deep situations. What I need to know is how do you survive the little stuff that gets in the way before it kills you. How do you get out of the being lost that the majority of us live in and get into the be here now?