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Two Paths Diverged So I Made a Third

July 6, 2017

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

I used to be afraid to travel alone. I was afraid of getting lost, I was afraid of strangers coming up to me, and mostly, I was afraid of the unknown. I found this fear rendered me impotent and I was trapped traveling with friends who always knew the way.  

 

BabbleStash changed this for me. I might seem silly; but the app got me to speak my thoughts, feelings and fears out loud. When I listened to my recordings, I imagined I was listening to a friend of mine sharing their deepest fears. I thought that it was important to challenge the fears that were being articulated.

 

About a month ago, I was having a really bad day at work. Everything was going wrong. I took some time to listen to old stashed recordings and I got mad at myself. Mad that I let fear dictate what I could and could not do. That Saturday, I put on my backpack and I headed to a local state park and just started to walk. 

 

I started on a path; but soon found it split.  I looked down each pathway and decided that I would make my own path and just explore.  

 

I've never felt more free and liberated.  I walked for hours, alone with my thoughts, thinking about the work week.  I even recorded my thoughts in BabbleStash, so I could re-experience how I was feeling when I might feel afraid again.

 

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