A man's choices, living out of his true story, impact others. A wildness within, a redemptive wildness, goes with us, contributes to the larger hopes, the bigger picture. A sacred wildness, flowing like Rolling Creek, a real place. Real, like you, me, us, the community we embrace.
I don’t take the time for such a glimpse, but I found one today. Today’s glimpse? Alaska. Well worth the time. If you want to catch the piece that captured my wildness the most, skip forward to 5:33 … and go to 7:58. By all means, the entire 10:40 video is good. But part of my vision for this blog is to respect people’s time, as much as possible.
Safety Tip: the music used in the background triggers something in … in the realm of melancholy. It’s not that bad anymore. I just wanted to give you little heads-up in case you’ve experienced a similar reaction. The guy’s name is Cory Williams, and he has a channel on YouTube called:
One more thing about Cory Williams. He moved to Alaska in 2014 (July?) to live in Eagle River, Alaska … quite recently. Approximately a month later, he bought a house. About four months later, he became engage.
Cory Williams records video of himself as he does a flip in the snow at Kincaid Park on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Cory Williams, a video blogger and YouTube personality who posts as Mr. Safety and DudeLikeHELLA, recently moved to Eagle River.Marc Lester / ADN (Alaska Dispatch News)
In May of this year, Williams married a woman named Kristen Swift. Talking about some serious change, recently, in a short amount of time!! This guy is on the move. I would consider him a true Wilder Man. But, he may not agree. This video clip is really cool. Enjoy. Here’s the clip, a stellar Wilder Man’s glimpse into Alaska.
Two guys: Jon Kedrowski and Christ Tomer discovered an unprecedented desire to climb to the summits of 58 fourteeners throughout Colorado. Take that one step further: the goal was to”bivy” at the top: otherwise known as pitching a tent overnight. “Bivy” is the abbreviated term for the word “bivouac”; a French term that gained exposure from French mountain climbers. And this French word “bivouac”, according to the authors of Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado Fourteener High Bivys, refers to “a long night of suffering”.
These mountaineers would start their climbs in the afternoon, and catch the sun setting in the west, then watch the same sun come up in the east. The goal of Jon Kedrowski was to climb all 58 of the mountains that are fourteen thousand feet or higher. Tomer was not able to make all of these ascents, but he came along whenever it worked out.
Check out this 1:39 video featuring these two wilder men.
Timing is a factor here. Some guys never get thrown off the horse. And some of those guys look down on the other guys who have been thrown off the horse. And therefore … yes, you know where I’m going … the guys who have been thrown off the horse are not going to admit, which means dealing with the “throw-off” on their own. I’m not saying that’s a bad idea. But I am saying that handling it on your own is not the only option.
If I were to end the post right there, after that last sentence, this would be about the reality of tension … and the reality that there are stretches of long dark highways with no gas stations, no streetlights, no houses, no convenience stores, etc., in our lives. A guy named Tozer (long “o”) who said “The saint must walk alone.” And maybe that is the best way to end it. I am talking mainly to the guys, but we all know that women get thrown off the horse. And they have to make a decision about what the process looks like. What I believe is worth mentioning is that this is a judgment call for each wilder man. Just don’t ever forget that you are a wilder man. It looks a bit different for each man. If you don’t get back on the horse right away, I think there is some wisdom there. Listen to what your heart is telling you. But if its about courage, then grab a good grip on that strap, cowboy. Hold on for the ride of your life. Even if you do get bucked off. You are a wilder man.