Hello kind krafters!
Hope you’re all doing well, and I want to thank you for the kind words and well wishes I received from many of you last week following my post about getting sick. I’m happy to say that despite the doctors still being uncertain as to the cause of my symptoms over the past three weeks, in the past week I finally begun to feel better and more like myself. I’m back to work, and very slowly getting back to adventure with short daily nature walks to stretch my body and ease my soul.
For this post I wanted to write about something else that has come up in the last few weeks amidst the very difficult process of becoming sick and trying to get better, and that is the closing of a very big and significant chapter in my life. As I write this post, my Sustainability Internship has been officially completed for four days. Last Friday I completed my oral presentation about the results of the project, and on Wednesday I submitted my final reflective paper. Yes, that’s right, that giant project that for so long consumed my evenings and weekends is over. All of those photos, posts, and words you’ve heard, read, and seen over the past 4.5 months have come to an end and this project is complete.
Photos from my first hike after being sick, and first non-project hike in four months at Hemlock Ravine Park.
This project was a giant undertaking that took up an entire summer, plus a few weeks, over 80 hours of free time, and over 230km of movement. It was a dream project, something I have for a long time imagined and aspired to, but never quite found the proper form for execution. When I discovered the AllTrails app I knew I had found my outlet for this dream of data collection, and I immediately jumped to action, carving out an opportunity for myself by sending emails and having conference calls to arrange the exact parameters of the project, and set it up as an ESS approved internship. And then I spent months giving all of my free time to complete, compile, and organize hiking acquired data. It was a big chapter in the book of my life, and as I write this post, it is now complete.
It is a strange feeling knowing this portion of my life has come to a close. I’ve spent hours hiking, mapping, uploading data, writing descriptions, and countless weekends and evenings working on this project. I’ve shared the experience with numerous friends, some family, in multiple blog posts, and over a hundred Instagram photos. It was, quite literally, my life for months, and now it’s done, and my time is once again my own, to be spent doing other things and working on other project.
A photo from my last hike of the project to Colpitt Lake.
Knowing myself, that time will still be spent outside and adventuring when possible. But, no longer is that outdoor adventure catalogued and defined by a spreadsheet and a deadline. As much as I have deeply loved and enjoyed my internship experience, it was still a project and therefore still came with the constraints and requirements which and endeavour naturally possesses.
As is always said, this closing of one chapter is only the beginning of another, as I enter into a couple of months of no classes and full time work, before switching coasts to finish off my undergraduate degree on Haida Gwaii island. For now I am enjoying the feeling of not having a big project to take up my free time, while also relishing my ability to say yes and take on another dream fulfilling and soul enriching project, should one come my way, and idea spark in my head. But, of course saying goodbye and closing a door is never easy, and I have never been great at saying goodbye.
Open and ready for exciting things to come!