There’s this song lyric that keeps bouncing back into my mind, ever since I heard it for the first time: “a life lived for art is never a life wasted”. I chuckle to myself whenever I quote it – after all, there’s something quite comical about taking life advice from rappers – but it has always resonated with me. The lyric actually comes from a fantastic song titled Ten Thousand Hours by Macklemore, but it’s true about more than just rap. In fact, it’s universal: no matter your craft, you need to stay dedicated in order to see results.
And so, over the past year now, I’ve attacked my goals with an entirely new sense of purpose. I had this blog concept sitting in the back of my mind, and until then I’d never had the resources to make it happen. It was called Rambling and Roving, and it would entail exactly as much as it’s name suggested: walking and talking.
I’ve always spent a lot of time in the forests. Ever since I was a kid, that’s where I’ve felt the most at home. The only true spirituality I’ve ever experienced was out in the bush. Now, add mountains and beaches into that landscape, and you start to get an idea of the kind of bliss Van Island has to offer me. With the fortune of calling Canada home also comes the great responsibility of protecting it. It didn’t take long for my camp counselor’s voice to start ringing through my head, chanting Leave No Trace!
So I write: to share with the family and friends I left behind in pursuit of my craft, to educate others about this beautiful utopia at our feet and fingertips, and for my own selfish catharsis.
Browse the roving gallery or explore the ramblings of the blog, whatever suits your fancy. If you’re looking for a particular Vancouver Island subject or hike that you don’t see here on the website, feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly and I’ll make that my next article! Be sure to leave your social media info, though, so you can be featured as the inspiration behind the post.