I took myself on a much needed solo camping & backpacking trip up in the Mineral King area of the Sierra National Forest that ended with a 45-minute standoff with a mountain lion.
I never had experienced a single thing like what happened in those 45 minutes in my entire life. I was filled with all kinds of emotions- in terror for my life, a strength & bravery I have not felt before, a mystical & spiritual connection with the unexplainable, and at times, a calmness that I never knew was possible when starring in the eyes of my potential death fate.
There were many moments, at least half that time where I was no more than 15' away, and quite a few times closer to 8'. I screamed, I banged, I tried to look big, I talked to it, and only when I got directly in front of his face, where he sat a few feet from the trail on a 4'boulder (so eye to eye with me), did he make a small growl, a simple warning sign. He laid on the boulder in an overwhelmingly calm way, seeming genuinely curious in me, in the same capacity that I was curious in him. I eventually decided that I had to get down, and I sincerely had this unexplainable feeling that this wild animal was going to let me pass him on the path, as there was no other way down. Then right at that moment in which I took a chance with death, starring right in the face of my potential predator-a shy 8 feet away with nothing between us, a family saved me.
I got off the mountain with a new courage for pursuing my dreams and thinking about purpose - "what is my purpose?". I am overwhelmed with the joy of just being alive. The experience left me with spiritual abundance, with joy, with anxiety, but little fear. I now know the unexplainable spirit that surrounded both the cat and I on that day forever changed my life & guided me safely home. And for these moments, I decide to live out my life pursuing all that I've dreamt since we only get one shot at livin.
Needless to say, I very humbled by it and the power of our Mother. She holds us and feeds us messages. Her message was clear.
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