Nov 07 2012

News from My Life

Published by at 1:25 am under Expeditions and Experiences

For the last year I have been trying many new things. I now work about half the year, it’s ok to work, but I feel that I’m betraying my path in life. However, looking back on it I see that all of it was necessary. I have almost learnt how to suffer like a civilized man. hehe

I’m not advocating illegal actions here, but lets say that hallusinogens in a ritualistic setting has a lot to offer. Recreational use is potensially dangerous, but respectful use can give you insigths that might otherwise be difficult to access. I believe they are the gifts that nature offers us to find back to her.

I spent the first half of the year exploring the realm of the subconcious and the spirit-world. It’s been fantastic for me. Since the summer I have very much spent time in the physical world, gotten a new appreciation for masculine occupations such as fighting. To me an honourable warrior’s actions is a dance with death. He accepts the sacrifice of his flesh as a celebration of the life breathed into this cold world.

There is no telling how long I’ll be stuck with a regular job. Actually I don’t mind working a little, it keeps me grounded in the world that everybody lives in, instead of totally creating my own reality. But living in a house is again becoming very boring for me. I need the fresh air and the routine of camp life.

The reindeer hunt didn’t go so well this year. I shot two animals which was far less than I had hoped. Autumn fishing has almost not happened this year, but we caught quite a lot of trout in the spring and the quality of the fish has improved markedly. There is a lot more fat around the intestines now and a higher percentage that is red in the flesh.

My big nightmare is transition clothing and reingear, which is needed for a great part of the year here. I’ve been looking into bark tanning and Saami footwear, but haven’t done much of the practical work yet. Bark tanning takes an awful long time. Modern shoes are not good, they dry too slowly when wet and are virtually impossible to repair in the field, so this really needs to be a priority. I have found that half tanned bark hides are very difficult to soften, I was hoping to do a shortcut there.

Anyway, that’s an update long overdue. Enjoy some of the few pictures I have actually bothered taking. I have some plans for the future, but they’ll be revealed when they have actually happened. 🙂


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3 Responses to “News from My Life”

  1. Anonymouson 07 Nov 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Beautiful Pictures, and welcome back Torjus:)

  2. The Warless Warrioron 11 Nov 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Great post again Torjus, I completely agree with your thoughts and empathise with your inner struggle and boredom when it comes to ‘working’ and living in a house. Thankfully I’ve shed the house for good, living in the woods with my little family, but I have just ended a stretch of work that caused me to re-evaluate. I found my desires and consumption increased in line with my earnings. Thankfully I feel I have returned to valuing the things beyond measure, the priceless. More often than not, they are to be found in the woods, not the shops.

  3. Jordan Manleyon 26 Dec 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I couldn’t agree more about Hallucinogens. Enjoy the ineffable mysteries my friend. It sounds like you have the same issues with work as the rest of us. The more time I spend in Civ the more it draws me back in. The more time I spend in the mother, the more it draws me back into her. The trick is finding a blend of the two that is fulfilling. I wish you the best of luck in that endeavor.

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