"I thought I was signing up for classes based on
the subject matter of the courses - survival
skills, nature observation, etc. In hindsight, it
was really Tom that I was signing up for. He
wasn't my guru and never will be. He was however a
mentor who pointed the way ahead.
In every class, I could count on one thing -
something transformative and completely
unpredictable was going to be offered. Really a
lot like life, yes? Difference is, Tom was clever
enough to get you to at least TRY the "crazy
transformative thing" that otherwise you may have
just forgotten about.
Folks with decent experience can teach how to make
fire with two sticks, or how to build a shelter
from debris. Tom taught me something much greater
- how to grab life by the horns and hang on for
the wild ride.
What is survival after all? My definition of
survival goes far beyond the physical means to
gather enough food, water, warmth and safety to
make it another day.
To really LIVE in this one wild and precious life,
you need at least one person in your life (and
probably many along the way) that are able to
shake up your "snow globe" with a kind, merciless
hand. You need to be de-ranged - moved out of thecurrent arrangement that is stuck, and then
allowed to re-arrange into a configuration that
can be alive in what life is now.
Survival equals your/our ability to adapt,
improvise, and change.
Of course, we don't generally seek out things to
test our ability to change. Sooner or later, they
always find us. For me it's a question of how much
living we do with the time we are here. How much
of that time are we stuck, and how much are we