In 2013 I got a tattoo that read, "not all those who wander are lost". At the time I was the least "wander-y" person I knew. I was "on the path", I was 11 years into my full-time military career, enjoying all the safety and security it provides. And never once thought of veering off of or venturing away from that path.
Still...I got that tattoo...
Something was romantic about the thought of being a wanderer, a seeker, a traveler, an explorer, continually discovering newness and wonder...
Being unattached to structure and expectation, answering only to myself...
Straying from "the path" taking purposeful action towards and unknown purpose...
Even though I kept moving in the direction of the next right decision...wandering was...confusing at times and lined with doubt...
I didn't have the words to explain that while wandering around the unknown didn't feel good, it didn't feel comfortable. I felt an outsider, and I actually felt lost at times.
Deep down...I knew I was making right choices, and that knowing sustained my wandering
After a long walk...There it Was
For the longest time I put a lot of pressure on my self to "know", to have a plan and execute it, to come up with a content that fits in an easily deliverable package for others to review and analyze.
I tried to put my practice in a box that I could offer to others. I noticed had too many tools that I couldn't explain how they fit together.
...and there it was
I am a Pathfinder
I've been a pathfinder this whole time.
What do pathfinders do? They explore and see what's possible. They note obstacles and come up with ways to navigate around or through them. They help guide and offer support to fellow travelers.
I help others realize previously unattainable results, by using movement and the outdoors to challenge their own beliefs.
So...what does that mean?
As a pathfinder, it's my job to be curious and approach with an explorers mindset. It's my job to come up with ways to navigate around and through obstacles. It's my job to offer support
In my profession, I use movement, all human movement, and the outdoors as tools to challenge beliefs, allowing the people I work with to realize previously unattainable results
I don't have the answers. I have questions to ask and experience walking across unknown terrain
A Pathfinder can't walk the path for you; we can make sure you don't get too lost
Pathfinders help figure out where you are, where you want to go, how to get there, and help you stay the course.
There are more of us out there, find the ones that resonate with you
It takes a village.