Her flat was beautiful, albeit small. Her parents had invested almost all their savings in securing for her a place of her own. In return, she gratefully ceded to them most of her income so that they could live a respectable life without needing to make more sacrifices.
But one day, the bank transaction went all wrong. She fell victim of a phishing scam that she could not revoke, and almost all her money was gone in an instant.
She could have done two things: either let it break her completely, delving into desperation; or allow it to make her stronger, changing her entire lifestyle.
She decided to do the latter.
With a sense of almost relief, liberation and excitement for the new adventure that opened up before her, she moved into the heart of the forest.
Using the little money she had left, she managed to build a wooden cabin based on an idea she saw in a viral video.
She retreated into isolation, knowingly and fully conscious of the huge alteration she was imposing on her life.
Yet, she was happy. And more relaxed and self-aware than she had ever been.
Her company was the woodland creatures that seemed to have emerged from a Disney movie.
She would spend hours observing them and witnessing the small traits each had; how their behavior was kinder, softer and more genuine than that of humans; how they treated one another without harm; and how they took care of the environment in which they lived and did not destroy their own habitat.
The forest was almost secluded in winter, as the paths would turn into swamps and crossing them became difficult.
But she did not mind.
Summer was the most social of seasons, when campers would disturb her isolation. She would exchange lifestyle habits with them, but it only served as a reminder that she was better off in her remoteness, away from a world in which she felt she did not belong.
In the end, it didn’t matter where she lived; what was important was feeling well inside her physical and spiritual home – her own body.
“You can live in a house, but your real home is inside you” – Leonard Jacobson