Wisdom from the Woods–Life lessons learned from being around me
Consistent truth, to me, is credibility. So before I share wisdom, I must share truth. For reasons known to them, my parents left my twin brother and I when we were seven years old. We were raised by my grandparents, my grandma mostly, and that’s where my life began. A blessing, it seemed. We were brought up in a place of unspeakable joy. That changed when my brother, John, was killed, in 1996. It left a hole in my soul I still can’t articulate. I hated this state and everything connected to it. I moved away and swore I’d never come back. Some wounds take longer to heal. When mine did, I realized something unanticipated. I missed the mountains, the amazing moments that only happen here and, most of all, I missed the people. After that, I decided to find joy in the only place it exists for me and that is West Virginia. I’ve made up with this place. She never left me, I left her. I found the missing part of me. This is where I belong. Now, my inspiration comes from you and I live every second in search of the experiences I missed by being away too long.
– Jim Shock, LBSPY #16