Like a two-year-old who’s just discovered the word, I ask “Why?” a lot. Why am I doing this? Why me? Why did I feel drawn to this path?
Some days, it’s “why do I even bother?”.
(I don’t like those days.)
This path isn’t easy. It’s even lonely, a lot of the time. Quite often I feel like I can’t talk to other people in my life about it, that I can’t share with them something that’s so important to me.
So why do I still walk it?
One of the main complaints I see in the tumblr pagan sphere is that people don’t practice discernment enough. Loki’s not really sitting on your couch watching Gossip Girl with you. Athena’s not really arguing about ice cream flavors to offer her. You’re making it up. Your discernment isn’t up to snuff. You need to verify.
Look, far be it from me to say that someone’s experiences are invalid. Who knows. Maybe some gods have stronger opinions about rocky road than others. I have no idea.
That said, I’ve found that practicing proper discernment can be beneficial. It’s not easy, and it involves…drumroll…MULTI-STEP VERIFICATION!