I finally logged onto my laptop! Connection once again - YAY - small victories and powerful moments.
As many of you know, the place I call home, my beloved Fort McMurray, is still being ravished by wildfire. The 'Beast' has taken from so many, the loss indescribable. Our house was one of the thousands of structures that have been destroyed. We are fortunate to be together, have all our feet on the ground and have been able to save a few precious items including our 40+ years of photo albums and our hard drives - our biggest victory. I haven't been able to look at or sort through all our remaining belongings until recently - it is a difficult process and one I am still working on. Evacuee life is insanely busy. A life that confirms that life as we knew it has changed forever ... once again.
Our journey of life has taken us down so many twists and turns in the road ... a few derailments & crashes with more obstacles than we can count. Through it all, one thing I have learned and know with all my heart is that we can pick up the pieces to continue down the road meant for us. Each path may be different, but they always provide positives and teachings from each experience that help us over every hurdle. Some hurdles may seem insurmountable but with time, strength and tenacity, the hurdles are replaced with smooth sailing on an open road with your hair blown straight back. You just have to have faith and sometimes a new perspective.
Getting back to my laptop ... as the screensaver popped up, I was instantly covered in goosebumps. The image displayed was from my very first wildlife adventure with my first DSLR in Nov, 2012. It was an incredibly powerful moment to have been in the presence of and to have locked eyes (for several seconds) with this wolf and it's pack. They were guarding and mourning one of their own that had been struck by a vehicle and killed. It was not only a moment of intense sadness but a moment of sheer respect for the pack and their remarkable bond. It was also a moment of realization that when tragedy strikes, we stick together, we pay our respects and we move forward. The message became more powerful for me tonight because this pack was living amongst a burn scar from wildfire.
I cannot be more humbled at this very moment. So thankful for all those working tirelessly, selflessly and passionately to protect our pack and our home. Intense gratitude and much respect for you all.