by Alex King
Having been raised in a world of concrete and steel, moving to the desert involved a fairly extreme transition. I was already prepared for a more difficult way of life. I was ready for the remoteness creating a type of isolation from the world at large. I even knew already that living in the desert means a radical environmental change. The extreme transition however came from those things I was unprepared for.
The last stop Dan and I made before leaving the small town of Alpine was at a gas station. He pumped some fuel while I headed in to pick up a couple of things. As I was leaving, a man in a cowboy hat was entering. Instead of just walking into the store and ignoring me, he took the time to hold the door. I was taken aback by a kindness I hadn’t been shown in a long time. I thanked him, and went on my way, my hope for humanity somewhat renewed.
Having slept well out on the desert, the next thing I was unprepared for was the breath-taking beauty the sun revealed. Morning light brushed across open land broken only by lovely hills all around. I could feel peace and serenity washing over me, cleansing me of all the difficulties I’d been having for years. At last, my mental and emotional turmoil was at its end.
As days marched on, I was gifted with a new daily project. I engaged in aiding Dan in organizing, cleaning, planning for the future… always, there was another project. Unlike my experience in the city, those tasks didn’t bring with them the feel of pressure or stress. Instead, they gave me purpose and hope, and, upon completion, a distinct sense of accomplishment.
I have found my paradise. I am healing, finally, from the difficulties of life. There is a purpose and hope in the vision for Estrella Vista. Dan and I talk long about what has been done, and what is to come. I simply cannot wait to share this place, this peace, this vision with others. Void of judgement, accommodating of self-expression, empty of emptiness, this is an ideal healing ground.
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