The Wilderness Journey

Agafia-LykovaWhat does it take to live alone in the wilderness? There has always been a mystique to surviving in the wilderness, deep within the soul is a need, a great desire to make it despite the odds. In the America‘s Henry David Thoreau spent two years in the woods to experience the simple life. In this modern world it’s hard to find one’s self even in the late hours of the night. There always seems to be that buzz, nagging at the mind. But in the wilderness silence is a constant companion. When we remove ourselves from this modern world we begin to truly understand who we are. It stops being about survival and begins to become a journey of enlightenment. When Thoreau said, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived”. Thoreau isn’t the only one to have traveled on this wilderness journey. Many people have tried to escape from the maddening crowd and live in the Russian taiga: retired from Pushkin, the Lenkovs, Nadezhda Nebukina. But there is a woman who has lived her entire life in this wilderness. Her entire family lived here for 40 years before being discovered by Russian Geologists. If one ever had the chance it would be interesting to hear what it’s truly like live alone in the wilderness. I believe it’s her deeply held convictions that have helped her on wilderness journey. Many have come and visited,  visitors when they have come are able to  stay, since there are several empty houses. But there are always to many difficulties associated with this everyday life and they came back. The video that accompanies this introduction will help one see why everyday life in the wilderness just isn’t as romantic as it’s made out to be. But then life isn’t real meant to be easy, is it?

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2 thoughts on “The Wilderness Journey

  1. Her mother starved herself to death to allow her children to live? And her siblings died rapidly from pneumonia contracted by their first contact with outsiders? Life surely wasn’t meant to be that tough.

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