So I was talking with a group of women the other night and I said “we should go on an overnight hut stay together” – to which I got a couple of responses like:
All the “what if’s…” came out and do you know what? Sadly it doesn’t surprise me.
I am a women and these “what if’s” are things I have to take into consideration any time I go out walking. It’s always there in the back of my mind … and not necessarily just when I’m on my own.
I’m curious to know if the men out there reading this can tell me, do you think about the what if’s? And if so what are they? I’m fairly certain they will be different from ours and your list not nearly as long but I’d like to know all the same…
I have always walked in groups, safety in numbers and all. But recently I have been gaining the courage to go alone. Its not to say that I am scared of nature, it’s more that I’m scared of coming across a “weirdo” in the bush. Someone who thinks about taking advantage of an isolated situation.
Is this a rational worry?
Sometimes I question myself. But at the end of the day if it is something that pops into my mind, it is valid, and it deserves my attention. I know I am more likely to come across a dangerous situation in a town or city, but it’s still something that I need to consider as a women.
Fear is a natural, normal, healthy and important self preserving emotion. I just have to sit back, acknowledge it, accept it, take precautions to limit the potential dangers and DO IT ANYWAY. Why? because it’s something I love to do and it fills my cup 🧘🏻♀️ How do you fill your cup?
So ladies, feel the fear and do it anyway, because the more you do it the more comfortable it will feel.
Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for situations that may arise when in an isolated situation:
Nga mihi, Anita