Lessons

14:24 – May 11, 2017

Reflection from my journal during my hike at Silver Falls

I am currently on my way back to my car, nearing the end of my hike, and decided to take a break. This break came on because I had a flood of emotions. The trail here at Silver Falls reminds me a lot of the trail I hiked near Nogales, Arizona in August 2016 at Me to We’s Advanced Leadership Training camp. It’s weird to think that here, in Canada, the USA and many parts of the world we hike these trails for pleasure. However, migrants from Mexico and parts of South America hike these trails in the middle of the desert to find a chance at a better life. They hike these trails looking for hope, work, money; really just a fraction of all the pleasures my friends and I have in Canada and the US. This search for a better life gets ripped away from the migrants by the American government.

How is North America so corrupt that our boarders are so strict? We descended from Europe! A place where restaurants have boarders running down the middle of them; a place where you can pull over on the side of the road and half your tour bus can be in one country and the other half in another country. It’s kinda ridiculous.

“President” Donald Trump wants to build a wall but a wall is the most unnatural thing on this planet. Environmentally, it would prevent migration for animals and insects. It would cause plants to die surrounding the the wall. There are so many issues I just can’t. Sure we have walls in our homes but we have windows to let air flow. We have doors, which allow us to enter and exit freely. Yes, walls can protect us. Literal walls protect us from the elements, but at the same time these walls can endanger us. They can collapse on us, hold poisonous materials and cause harm. We also build figurative walls to shield our emotions. These figurative walls are good temporarily but if they are never broken down a person will never find true happiness.

Going back to the hike. I learned a lot in a short period time, especially reflecting on my hike in Arizona. Migrants go on the hike almost unprepared. They are wearing dress clothes, heels or dress shoes. They have a small amount of water. They get separated from their families, having to find a meeting place, getting sent back to the place that they are running from and even incarcerated. I went on this hike to see the beautiful scenery. I had easy access to water. People knew where I was. I had good shoes, clothes. I discovered something though… I want to better myself.

All migrants that try to cross the boarder, legal or illegal, are trying to better themselves and their families.

The next time you hike, think of it as a way to better yourself. Use a hike as a way to bring yourself closer to who you are and who you want to be in life. Let the hike bring you closer to what you love. Yes, a hike can be pleasurable but use it as something more. Use a hike as a path to find something greater, in yourself and in the world.

Sincerely,

VP

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