I was born in Newfoundland, but didn’t spend nearly as much time there as I wished I had been able. Aside from the breathtakingly stunning scenery (as you’ll see in the video link below), the people are like no others I have encountered in my 40-odd years of life on this planet. They share a humour, a warmth and a unique perspective on the world and the life within it and they always manage to somehow come out on top…SMILING.
I strive to keep these qualities alive in myself and, for the most part, I think I manage pretty well. But had I not gotten to know some of these endearing and enduring people (many of whom emigrated from Ireland and Scotland in centuries past, and in any event long before Newfoundland and Labrador ever became part of Canada), I am not sure I would be the same person I am today.
For this and many other reasons, I am a firm believer in the idea that in order to move forward, sometimes that means taking a step, or several, back to find out where you’ve been.
None of us just happens to turn out the way we are. We are all cumulative products of our upbringings, our environments and our genetics. It could also be said that we are products of generation upon generation of quirks, qualities and other factors which we have no current understanding, but are yet still powerless to deny their existence. In other words, in some way, shape or form, we are ALL connected to our past, present and future, as well as each other. This concept is taught well in Celtic mythology, as well as many other “pagan” belief systems. That we are not, as a species, on the top looking down, but simply a spot on the Circle of Life.
In my upcoming travels, therefore, to Scotland, I am hoping not only to see that beautiful country and its people, but also to immerse myself in some of the culture in what I hope will be a 360-degree journey into who and what I am, and what I have become and in doing so, I may gain some valuable insight or at least inclination into where I am headed. If nothing else, I will likely find out what I was. I look forward to sharing these insights with you once I return home.
The attached video from Newfoundland Labrador illustrates these points more perfectly than I ever could. Slainte!