This is just a story about the first time I really understood the meaning of the phrase Trust your Gut. My son, ex-husband and I were camping up through Wyoming and Montana. We had finally gotten to Glacier after having to outrun the wildfires that were ravaging the forest around Missoula and northward. We arrived at a semi remote campsite on this beautiful lake just as it was getting dark. All the other tent camping sites were booked so we decided to stay. Initially, I felt a little prick in my head, like maybe we should just keep looking, but everyone was tired, so we just set up camp. As the night went on, the feeling grew till it was this overwhelming bad feeling, like we need to leave... Now. My ex thought I was crazy, but I couldn't ignore this feeling. I had never felt so certain in my life. After much moaning and groaning my son and ex decided to listen and we got in the car and went back to Big Fork to sleep in the parking lot of this little coffee roastery(It's called Field heads and it's the best!) we had found. When we got back to the campsite the next morning, we found out that a grizzly had been rummaging through the dumpster that our tent was beside. Who knows what might have happened had we stayed! It was my first time seeing my instincts pay off in a real, tangible way! It was terrifying, but also instilled a sense of trust in myself and my instincts. Trust yourself. Your subconscious picks up on subtle cues in your surroundings and in people that your conscious mind doesn't. Listen to it. Also read "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin DE Becker. It's been truly life changing and could easily save your life on the road. It's all about the psychology of fear and instinct, how to read people who potentially have ill intentions, and how to act on those instincts. It's made me trust myself even more. Please, read it. Stay safe out there and keep enjoying life!
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