I’ve been posting more often to Facebook lately. It is just easier than posting here. Sorry if you are not a Facebook user. I’ll still be posting things here. But for the day to day progress of the walk, go here: www.facebook.com/intolightwalk.
Here is a post I put on the walk’s Facebook page just now. On FB I put a photo with it as well…
One of the folks staying in the cabin behind my campsite came over to my tent this morning to offer me the rest of their breakfast casserole. News got around Rusty Sand Campground that I was walking across the country because the person who came over asked me if I was walking for a cause. After 3,400 miles, I’ve learned that I never can know how the next part of these conversations will go. I did as I always do. I confidently, yet calmly shared that I am walking for gender and sexual orientation equality. The next thing I know the person is saying goodbye to me. They were not mean. They just did as so many people do when I share my mission – exit the conversation quickly. Am I just a ‘gay agenda’ to these people? Am I no longer human?
When I ask for help to find lodging, like I did below, know that it’s not because I’m not willing or able to keep, after a year, roadside camping. Anyone who has followed this walk should know I’ve done it plenty. I guess what I’m trying to say is, it doesn’t get easier being a lone walker for a cause that is STILL seen by so many as a taboo subject. The whole experience actually has worn on me more and more in recent months. Simple comforts that I’ve gone without for so long are things I now crave. I also crave a world where mentioning the cause that is intrinsically tied to MY LIFE is not a conversation stopper.
I keep saying 9 times out of 10 when I talk about why I’m walking I’m met with positive energy. That may be an overstatement. 9 times out of 10 where people purposely stop me on a country road because they recognize the rainbow or 9 times out of 10 when they already support people walking for progressive causes – sure these people fall into that 9 out of 10 statement. The average person stopping me out of sheer curiosity – maybe that’s more like 50/50.