Alone but not lonely spirit of the mountains
I admire man of silence, patience and humbleness. Wonderful and rare to meet a man who is detached from the world but not despising it, loves life but seems is not chasing it.
Lojz is contemplating about time, geography, colors and bible in an old
military bunker high up in the Alps.
A lot of people, even his parents think that he is a bit "strange". A
But he doesn’t feel different from other people. His decisions make him
Simplicity of life is obtained by clearness of decisions we make.
Alojz Žakelj has made his choice.
Long ago he discovered that he want to live in high mountains.
"Beauty of this landscape overwhelmed me. I knew in an instant that’s
where I want to live" he says.
He has two lifes: one as a metal worker in factory and the other as a
If he could coose he would stay up in the mountains. "Time is always
to short for me up here" he says. But he must make his living in the
When he discovered an abandoned military casern high up in the
mountains he decided that he will make it his home. This is the highest
home in Slovenia even higher than all other mountain hutts.
Later on he build another, wooden bivuac on a high very narrow rock. It
is hard to reach this place for a climber but he brought all the material
up there and constructed everything by his own hands.
Often people doesn’t understand his way of life. Especially his parents.
They would like him to get married and heave children like all the rest
of "normal" people. They, especialy his mother doesn‘t think that he
achieved something in his life. She thinks he is some kind of a looser,
because he didn‘t choose family life. There is a constant conflict
Lojz likes solitude, but he also likes company of people.
He never feels alone or bored in his high home. He studies geography,
world travels and the Bible-book of books.
There’s a lot of clocks in his home. He thinks that time is very
important. "Time is entity who leads us from past to the future" is one
of his thoughts. To be able to take advantage of one’s life you heave
to be very careful how you are spending your time, because everyone
has a limited amount of it.
He colored his home in bright colors. Every color for Lojz has a
meaning: red is for the road, yellow is the light, gray is color of the
rocks and blue is the sky.
ALOJZ ŽAKELJ st.
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