“Authenticity – It’s ok to be someone that nobody else understands”
Hi, I’m Didier. This photo was taken the day I reached the south coast after hiking about 800 km of my Bibbulmun Track end-to-end. I had shared several weeks on the trail with others but really I was all alone. I really had no choice but to be authentic. “You are unable to feel lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”
During my first week on the Bibb, I spent 5 days without seeing another person. This really tested me emotionally, challenged my authenticity. It’s like it was screaming to me “Be you!”.
It’s like the track, nature, the experience was screaming to me “Be you!”
Now I can’t help but be authentic, even if it hurts sometimes. Being authentic is sometimes seen as selfish. But to be authentic is to be inspiring, a teacher, to be where you are supposed to be.
Whether I am Guiding a group on the trail, Consulting someone with a dream to complete their own end-to-end. Mentoring during a three day hike, a person who has been struggling with their mental health. I allow each one of them to find and rejoice their authenticity. Hike their own hike.