Everyone Has Experienced the Dark
“The dark causes the mind to race with fear.”
Those journeys began in my younger days, after enlisting and serving my country as a United States Marine. It felt good to be young, and strong. All things were possible. The (Marine) Corps taught me discipline and perseverance. Most of all, the Corps taught me to face my fears. And this is one of those stories.
Orienteering and survival are part of every soldier’s basic training. For me, using a map and compass came easy in the forest where you could see the sun, moon, and the stars. But navigating the bowels of an underground cavern was something altogether different. First, the landscape was different – treacherous ground, slopes, and tight spots. Second, there was no pre-trodden path, unless you followed a guide. Third, traversing the underground with sixty pounds of gear on your back was difficult. Finally, you do not know dark until you have been inside a cave. This was where the sun did not reach. The problem was – since childhood – my greatest fear was to be left alone in the dark. I had come face-to-face with my greatest fear.