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Everything You Ever Taught Me: If you've a lot on your mind, go for a walk... Paperback – 2 June 2021
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In 2020 the world went to hell in a handbag. This isn’t exactly headline news - although it was then. I went from perfectly locatable in the Cotswolds to utterly baffled in the American wilderness when I embarked on a quest to walk from Mexico to Canada for reasons that escape me. It was most probably nothing more dramatic than a mid-life crisis.
Perhaps I should have come ‘home’ but I lived in the deluded optimism the pandemic would all be over by the summer. Besides, I’d given up my home: shoving my belongings into storage, persuaded someone to look after my cat and someone else to look after my car. I did think about returning but each time I popped into civilisation to top up my supplies, I discovered a new reason to run for the hills. So 'home' became a tent: a mere flimsy bit of fabric to protect me from every conceivable terror that exists in the wilderness - bears, rattlesnakes, deserts, avalanches and other human beings. Most dangerous of all was the racket inside my head.
Everything you ever taught meis my journey, relying on nothing other than the twelve steps of recovery, teaching me to take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and one bloody ginormous mountain at a time as I staggered my way along the PacificCrestTrail. As mid-life crises go, I remain utterly clueless why mine took me from my sofa to the Canadian border via the fridge, powered only by two chubby legs and a fat arse.
- Publisher : Person Irresponsible (2 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 298 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1527295745
- ISBN-13 : 978-1527295742
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.91 x 21.59 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 469,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Loved it, well done you!
It was interesting to read about the 12 Steps and the author’s relationship with alcohol. I don’t know if other readers found this but I could relate to the 12 steps and other experiences in my life and how they can help. There was an amazing depth of self-insight and awareness on the author’s part with no edges to her character: someone who I feel would be good to have as a friend.
I felt quite privileged to be part of the journey that PI shared with us. What an inspirational woman and with such determination to do something and not give up: plus so self-deprecating in the way she went about it. It makes me wonder what she’s planning next?