Into the Woods: Splitting Logs and Finding Lessons in a Missouri Storm

I’m here at the vacant lot that I trespass on, split some wood, haven’t been out here in a while because it’s been stormy here in Missouri. It’s been raining every day. But I’m out here now. Unfortunately, all my wood is wet, very wet. I did get a new axe. This is a splitting mall by fiscars, and we’re gonna see how it does. I’m gonna do a couple of practice strings here just to get the feel of it.

Alright, so we’re gonna try it out. I got this little log here. It doesn’t have a knot. It’s very wet. Let’s see how it goes. Oh, oh, wait. Gotta say something inspirational. So sometimes in life, storms come along and they make you wet. But luckily, humans aren’t like would, and we’re waterproof, so the storms can’t hurt us unless there’s lightning.

Alright, here we go. I mean, that one pretty fine. I think this thing looks okay. Oh, had some mushrooms fall off of it. This is your camera. That’s a fun little thing. Should I be touching this with my bare hands? Probably not. Don’t worry. I won’t eat it unless I can eat it. Someone let me know. Can I eat it? Probably not, but let me know.

I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to split this. It’s got a lot going on, but I need to get this out of the way. It’s be harder now that it’s really wet, right? Don’t follow my phone. Okay. Roll you out of the line. Well, what I was just working on this Lark for quite a while then realize it wasn’t recording. All right, I’m gonna chip away at this. The grain seems a little bit straighter on this side, so I’m gonna try to chip off that side. Now. See that one so much better. It’s slowly rotating, but I’m just gonna keep smacking little stress fractures everywhere, like my foot when I run a Marathon. Well, since logs are like feelings, sometimes you have a really big feeling, takes you a long time to process it. It’s a lot of work. But once you split that feeling open, you realize it’s actually a bunch of little feelings, all kinds of little things just compiled together into one big feeling that you can separate it out into these smaller pieces. It doesn’t seem so overwhelming. This is that same log. Let’s see if it’s more manageable now that it’s split in half. I wanna see if I can split off part of this log. This is that big giant stump that I’ve been cutting on.

Alright, so pretty, you know what? I’m not quite sure I’m ready for feelings this big. I’m just gonna bury those real deep worry about him another day. That was really cool. She’s so cool. And she does that. She’s like, wow, I’m gonna hurt myself. All right, I gotta go home. I go pick myself from school.