I looked back.
And I didn’t turn into a pillar of salt.
I looked back.
When I escaped and I knew I had,
I stopped in my tracks.
It was a night just like this.
The moon was full.
The stars were bright.
The night was cold.
But I was free!
I hadn’t felt this feeling in a long time.
The outer freedom finally aligned with my inner one. I was free. Very much alone. Very much afraid. But very much free!
I was suddenly struck with the seriousness of the moment. This was trauma at its finest! This is what crisis looks like! For I was in an in-between place. I was no longer in the place of my captivity. But I hadn’t yet found my new home. I was between my cell and my promised land.
I looked back and saw the warmth, the provisions, and the securities of what I’d left. What I’d rejected.
My heart knew, with a huge kind of delicious terror, that I had just launched a terrifying but necessary adventure.
There was no turning back. I was an escapee. I had openly defied my prison. To go back would only make my imprisonment worse. My liberation was public. There was no wishing it never happened. It was done.
So here I was in the wide expansive wilderness. It was dark. Only lit by the moon. No direct light. Only reflected. And it was to remain so for a long time. Longer than I expected.
In fact, darkness became my temporary home.
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