When Bill Bryson walked the Appalachian Trail he sent out a letter with his Xmas cards asking people if they would like to walk the AT with him. The one person who replied was Stephen Katz.
From the minute Katz makes his first appearance in the book ‘A Walk in the Woods’ he captivates us with his sardonic one liners, and fantastic observations. In particular when they meet other people, his ability to get straight to their obvious shortcomings, is nothing short of mischievous and marvellous at the same time.
Because Katz and Bryson walked at different paces, Bryson was nearly always ahead of Katz and was constantly waiting for, or going back to look for Katz.
Life is like this. We are constantly going at different paces. Sometimes we wait, sometimes we go back looking for someone, and sometimes someone comes looking for us. But whilst we sit on the fallen tree waiting, we can remember why we are waiting, and how it is in the interaction between us, that we learn who we really are.