When I was a young woman going shopping by myself was the only time I was truly alone with the freedom to do whatever I wanted on a minute-to-minute basis. Woman are safe shopping, at least most of the time. A woman can go to the mall, park in the car park and make their way through the stores, stopping for a bite to eat in perfect solitude. Outside of staying home alone, there is no other freedom for a lot of women.
Years later I discovered another kind of solitude and freedom; that of being in the wilderness by myself. It took years for me to learn that being alone in nature is one of the most recharging, peaceful and stress relieving things a person can do. After all, “everyone” says don’t go hiking alone; don’t go in the wilderness alone and for safety for heavens sake at least take a dog with you. I say that is a bunch of outright manipulation to keep most of us from ever experiencing true personal freedom.
My next book is about my discovery of this kind of personal freedom. I would feel selfish not sharing my discoveries about wilderness solitude. There is, of course, a learning curve, which I explain in detail, including how I taught myself the art of old fashioned tracking.
Freedom has taken on new depths and excitement to me as result of getting back in touch with what the earth looks and feels like without the energy of another person coloring it for you. Although part of me doesn’t want to share so people will continue to spend their free time in front of the TV or computer and leave the woods to me, I have realized that if people don’t start to value wilderness like I do they will never see any reason to save it.
Causes Linda Hunter Supports