C4 Challenge #30 - Connection
The celestial body dance
Before I begin with this challenge, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the dedicated men who have joined me in this C4 Challenge Program adventure. This will be our thirtieth challenge together in our disciplined pursuit to reflect, implement, and evolve as real, authentic, and fully realized men. This point also marks a change. Future challenges, interactive after action reviews, and past challenges will now be for paid subscribers only. This is to honour the men (and women) who actively support my writing and to protect the community we have created. If you have been joining in with a free subscription, I would encourage you to convert over to a paid subscription now. And now onto the challenge!
A fascination with the sun, moon, and the stars. I know it began when I was kid playing outdoors, shooting my sling shot, following brooks and streams ever upwards in the Rockies, and sitting and sleeping outdoors at night mesmerized by the brilliance of the nighttime sky. The magnificence of the sun, the majestic moon, and the magical stars my background and my ever present companions. This fascination was later augmented and further solidified while learning advanced navigation in the military. Practical lessons and earned experience gained while developing a deep relationship with these celestial bodies.
As a Patrol Pathfinder (PPF) in the Canadian Armed Forces, I was trained to be an expert navigator by map/compass, GPS, and by reading natural signposts contained within the winds, the woods, the terrain, and the skies above. Personally, I know I took this to the next level compared to most of my peers. I couldn’t help but do so given my inner drive to understand and connect with my natural environment and hone my capabilities as a navigator no matter the circumstance. So much time spent outdoors in rough, remote, austere environments in every different weather condition imaginable. All of this awakening in me the primal drive to always be aware of the messages ever present in my natural surroundings to anchor myself in location and time.