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Wherever I make a stop for water or a rest, people are surprised. A walk to Istanbul, ok, they think it a bit strange, possibly kuku and also a lot of bravo. But on my own! Am I not scared? On my question of what I should be scared of I get no answer. I think they are afraid of being alone. Like the post I placed on fb from John O’Donohue, that scared some people as well. Fearing without knowing what to fear is the ultimite anxiety, I believe. Then everything is a threat and there is no safety at all. That’s not how it is for me. What am I afraid of than? A couple of days ago I met with a gang of wild dogs growling at me. That was scary. I made an accord with the leader that neither of us would get hurt. That worked. Or maybe I should be afraid of something happening to me in the wild, a fracture or a fall. That’s not unthinkable, I am rather carefull where I walk. Some of my fears are unrealistic, like being without water. The depressing look of a city like Ćuprija also gives me a kind of anxiety. I am not so scared of thugs, where I most probably should be. Maybe I should be much more afraid come to think of it. But then I wouldn’t be here. I hold on to the totems in my rucksack; the evil eye, the palo santo. And the merry little owl for perspective.

And yes, I am also afraid of loneliness sometimes. The strenght for that has to come from my own heart.


  1. I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that? Soledad O’Brien

    • Da’s toch niet ook een Ierse hè? 😉

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