I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find, and impossible to forget. Erin Van Vuren
What does is it mean to be wild?
Unfettered, untamed, outside of the fence.
What exists outside of the fence, outside of the comfort zone of ‘safety’?
When I have explored my ‘wild side’, it has been a journey, as Cheryl Strayed puts it in her book “Wild” a journey ‘from lost to found’.
To me, being wild and untamed means being free to be me, my authentic self. In fact it is here in the chaos of wildness that beauty is found, authentic beauty, not order, and not safety, but vulnerability and risk, the darkness and shadows as well as the play of light and strength.
It is nature, chaotically beautiful, where the wildflowers grow, between the rocks, alongside the pathways, not in the manicured, protected gardens.
It is spontaneity, unplanned and alive to the possibilities that lay in each moment, each patch of NOW.
As the song goes: C’mon, take a walk on the wild side.
Wishing you all a moment (or a lifetime) of Wildness…it’s time to set ourselves free!
Wildly yours, Gab
Take my hand.
We will walk.
We will enjoy our walk
without thinking of arriving anywhere.
Our walk is a peace walk.
Our walk is a happiness walk.
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Wild ~ Cheryl Strayed
As a part of my own spiritual and personal practice, I chose 52 words to reflect on over the course of a year.