Good people doing great things. Rugged Karma. At the beginning of the trail, Mandy and I were thinking what a great idea it would be to write a book about this trail, since there isn’t one out there yet. We were thinking how great it would be to hike it a few times, take a bunch of pictures, create some adventure stories on paper, and tadahhhh! We’d be getting paid to hug trees. Can you see why Mandy is one of my greatest friends? Similar personalities you think?! Somewhere along the way (towards the beginning of the hike, when we were still stoked on the idea), the title of Rugged Karma came out of my mouth. It was a done deal. Cool idea eh? Hike, write, done. Well. By day 4 this idea was out the window. There was no way in hell I’d be hiking this thing again! Maybe in 20 years when there are plenty board walks and ladders in place of the mud pits and ropes. But until then? No book. Well, no book written about this trail at least. I do have some other ideas and plans up my sleeve :)
Rugged Karma. Good people doing what we love. I seem to surround myself with people who think like me. Who do good. Who BELIEVE that good things will happen to them. We trust. We have fun. And we know that things will work out. So when we gave our key to a stranger along the way on day 2, do you think we were worried that our truck would be stolen? Nahhh. We knew that it would be waiting for us on the other end. And indeed it was. Mandy and I did this exact same key switch off on the West Coast Trail and it worked out just fine there as well. Plus we saved ourselves a few bucks to boot!
It’s kind of like casting a dice. You take a chance but all in all, if you’re a good person, good things are coming your way. Things always work themselves out. And if they’re not there yet… keep on plugging away. Keep on doing good, and things will surely start to go your way. Remember too, that everything in our lives is a teacher. Everything that happens to us is something to learn from. To move us forward. We are students in life surrounded by teachers every where we look. Teachers in every form.
Here’s some pictures of our last day on the trail. It was bitter sweet. I really can’t believe we did the thing in 5 days. A week has gone by and I don’t think my body is fully healed yet – I’m still tired! We had to take a shuttle back to Port Hardy, where our car had been karma’d back to. It was beautiful to say the least. Plus, I now have another goal on the bucket list – to scuba dive God’s Pocket, which are the little islands you can see in the pictures. Supposed to be some of the best diving in the world. It’s on the list!
We even had our very own private whale watching tour – Killer Whales. Yep! The driver loved his job so much that he turned back around and gave us a little tour – I love when I see that. People in their element, doing what they love. He was so excited. Almost more than me! So Mandy got to see her Killer Whales, and I got to see my bear. If you put it out there, if you’re doing good in this world, things are gonna go your way. Even if it’s seeing a bear amongst the forest which you’ve been hoping and hoping to see, or having your car brought to where you need it – just like that. Do good. Do better. And just be. Rugged Karma.
Here’s a quote which has been sitting on my desk for a few weeks now. It’s from a little book I randomly open up now and then by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, ‘Everyday Wisdom for Success’:
“If you want to find your true purpose in life, know this for certain: Your purpose will only be found in service to others, and in being connected to something far greater than your body/mind/ego”.
Rugged Karma my friends. Rugged Karma.
Smile with your heart