Jesse WhiteCrow – Just passing through

I was sitting in the Cafe Del Sol today and I struck up a conversation with Jesse WhiteCrow, an intriguing 42-year-old who is walking solo across America – on a journey to discover himself. 

Jesse is a well-organized traveler with top-of-the-line hiking gear and a base camp back in Sheffield, Mass.  He even has a gear list on his website. Every detail of his equipment was unique. I was fascinated by his hand-inscribed titanium drinking cup.

He is an artist and a blogger and writes a compelling story of his trek. According to his business card (I said he was well-equipped) he has a book in progress.

He seems to attract bloggers, or perhaps it’s the other way around. Sean, the Tech Monk, came out of temporary retirement to blog about his recent meeting with Jesse.

I don’t know if Jesse will find himself through this journey, but I find his writing compelling and hope to read his book when it comes out. For a sample of his work, you should check out this account of his stay in Floyd.

Jesse keeps a journal in his Moleskine notebook. This is a sketch of
the place in Floyd where Jesse spent one night with hospitable strangers:Moleskine

It will be interesting to follow his further adventures on his web site.

I wish him well, but I am happy I chose a different route for self-discovery when I was 42 years old. There must be something about the early forties that makes us suddenly jump the tracks and seek new horizons. Jesse gave up home and family to seek out his destiny. I did much the same and so did others I know.

Have any of you experienced this need to rewrite the orderly program of your life? Did it happen when you were in your early forties?


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10 Responses to Jesse WhiteCrow – Just passing through

  1. Clarence says:

    Yes David. I was 43 when it happened to me. They don’t call it a mid-life crisis for no reason. It will cause a person to make life altering decisions, sometimes foolish, self defeating choices. Still, a person’s life is changed drastically. It so hard to be sure one is doing the right thing and it seems one can only find out if it was the right thing to do when it’s much too late to start over.

  2. Carl says:

    The early forties are when I realized I needed to get a return on my investment. The investment has been time I have spent working in everyone else’s business and the return is my freedom. For me it has been the awakening of the indentured servant who realizes that if he doesn’t excersize his freedom option now then he will be forever bound. Freedom is the quest. How to successfully exist in that new freedom is the search for new self. Forties are for emancipation. Our family is up for and along for the ride! Here we gooooooooo!!!!!!

  3. 0xcc says:

    I am 33 and I think I am currently on the verge of doing something ‘drastic’. I have finished my university degree, I have worked in a cubicle for almost 9 years now and over the last 4 or so years I have started to understand that working for some one else isn’t really that fun or rewarding. I am currently at the stage where I am looking for a new place of employment but in the same area of work. In the background I am trying to become financially independent so that by the time I hit my early/mid forties I will have the means to do something I really want to do.

  4. I did it (in the same way as Jesse here — walking across the country and blogging about it), but I was 17 years old. I hope to have my act together by the time I’m 42. šŸ™‚

  5. Waldo is a 27-year-old blogger/activist/political commentator who has his act together better than most people twice his age.

    I wrote an article No Blogger is an Island about Waldo last year. He is a young man to watch.

    Maybe there IS something to walking across the country and meeting people! After all, if Forrest Gump did it, you can too! šŸ™‚

  6. There was a man in Australia who walked from south to north across the continent with his dog in 2001. He didn’t find out about 9/11 until two weeks after it happened. The documentary on his journey is called “Alone Across Australia” if you are interested.

  7. Myke says:

    I resigned from my job in corporate America (HP) at age 39 to become an entrepreneur. I don’t regret the move, but like most adventurers, I have been stretched and stressed at times.

  8. James Epp says:

    Just wanted to give you an update. Jesse Whitecrow is still walking. He is sitting in my living room at this very moment (Dec. 14, 2006), Balko, OK (Panhandle). We have thoroughly enjoyed his stay and wish him the best.

    By the way, I’m not 40 yet, but I’m getting the itch for a tremendous adventure in the near future. Maybe bike the continental divide.

  9. Jesse WhitecCrow says:

    8,000 miles in just under three years and the walk is now over. Yes, I walked every step. Even before the last step the mourning began. I hear other countries calling. It was never about becomeing 40, it was about coming alive.

  10. Sarah Flynn says:

    I am lucky enough to know this handsome man.

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