My story is about a road trip. It is about friendship. It is about finding my purpose by losing my job. It is about leaving home — and coming back. It is about forgiveness, acceptance, and reconciliation. It is about gaining approval and being recognized for a job well done. It is about patience, tolerance, and teaching by example.
I learned a lot on the reservation. I learned about Native American culture, history, tradition and spirituality. Mostly, though, I learned a lot about myself. I never really knew how much I could endure until I went to Montana. One day as I was walking home from school late in the school year, one of my neighbors called out to me: “Hey, congratulations!” I said, “For what?” He said, “You survived a Montana winter.”
Yeah, I survived a Montana winter.