It’s me! I’m back from the blog-block that has gripped me for the last couple of months.
Returning home from a big adventure sometimes takes a bit of adjustment. After the initial celebration of catching up with loved ones, sleeping in a comfortable bed with no snorers in the room, using an electric toothbrush and straightening my hair, I find myself in a bit of a slump. And that is when I find it really difficult to write. I make lists of things I should write about, but that’s as far as it gets.
And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
is not easily done.
quote from “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr Seuss
This has been a particularly long slump, and I have been physically very inactive throughout the summer – it has been too hot to walk other than taking the dog out for an early morning stroll.
But finally, with this post, I am marking the end of my slump
With banner flip-flapping,
once more you’ll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you’re that kind of a guy!
Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
“Oh the Places You’ll Go” was published in 1990, but none of Dr Seuss’ books found their way onto my children’s well-stocked book shelves. In fact I didn’t discover him until a few years ago when my daughter Ella first attended the Burning Man festival. I knew nothing about the event and so, as any good parent would, I googled it and stumbled upon this video.
I love the poem and I love this video. I’ve walked through so many great places on my various caminos, climbed high mountains, walked in the wide open air, come to streets where I don’t choose to go, I’ve waited – not for the rain to stop, but for the albergue to open, and I’ve hiked on and faced whatever problems came my way.
I’ve met such fabulous people, many of whom have become treasured friends.
I haven’t had many brains in my head this last couple of months, nor any feet in my boots, but now my slump has passed and there are some fluffy clouds in the sky for the first time in what seems like forever. The hot summer temperatures are dropping very slightly, and there’s a promise that it won’t be long before my boots will have feet in them again and I shall be climbing high mountains once more. I can’t wait!