So what happens when you must go off route? How do you feel when your understanding of how things were, are and will be is completely shaken?
At the moment, this is happening to many people in Western culture. Those who used to feel they were travelling on sure ground, with good directions, now find themselves navigating uncertainty and change. The dominant culture is struggling with the climate crisis, the truth about race and colonialism, the shortcomings of our systems of governance, and the explosion of binary certainties into myriad possibilities.
It may feel disorientating, dislocating, perhaps lonely, and scary.
When you find yourself off the edge of your map for the first time, and it just says “here be dragons”, and the ground seems to be shifting, it is scary. In that moment of fear, there are a couple of options. One is to deploy the nervous system’s panic mode: fight, flight or freeze. The other option is to summon up hope and courage, get new directions, update the map, and take the new route.