“Adoption—a correlation between adoption and wilderness survival”

“Frustration arises when a person fells helpless and continually thwarted in their attempts to accomplish a dream. Staying positive and tapping into the reservoir of inner strength and fortitude that you never knew you had is critical to survival, in the wilderness and in life. Adoptees hoping to discover their roots must stay forever vigilant and never abandon the will to compete.” Judith Land

I was adopted. My true self-identity was an unsolvable mystery—a puzzle and a conundrum. Knowing my birth parents had abandoned me, without a roadmap or an astrolabe to guide me, stimulated a gloomy sense of deprivation based on hurtful feelings of desertion. My heart was hollow. I was hopelessly lost in the wilderness, a curious victim of genealogical bewilderment. I was immobilized by fear and anxieties, and frustrated by a melancholic sickness, knowing that for some unknown reason I had been purposefully jettisoned into space somewhere along life’s trajectory by my birth parents.

“The skills I used to survive after becoming lost in the Rocky Mountains during an intense snowstorm were the same mental techniques I used to complete my adoption search. I told myself not to panic, to act impulsively, or let fear drive my decisions, knowing that sadness and anxiety lead to inaction and loss of energy, reducing our chances of survival.  Judith Land


Throughout the lengthy process of discovery I imagined myself as both a master detective gradually acquiring the skills needed to master the elegant art of detection and a wilderness survival expert with an insatiable will to succeed. Finding my roots was a difficult process that stimulated me to investigate every clue available using both intuitive and deductive reasoning. There were many obstacles to overcome, but I never gave up hope, or lost sight of my goal. The heroine of this story is hardly a traditional detective, but genealogy, by its very nature, leads to detection, deduction, and conclusions that are not always what the genealogist had in mind.

Judith Land


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About Judith Land

Judith Land lives in Colorado and Arizona with husband and coauthor Martin Land. Judith is a former nurse, retail shop owner, college instructor and avid outdoor person. Her book "Adoption Detective: Memoir of an Adopted Child" is a true story detailing the journey of Judith Romano, foster child and adoptee, as she discovers fragments of her background, and then sets out to solve the mystery as an adult. She has reached readers in 192 countries. "Mothers and fathers everywhere in the world need to understand that children are forever and always." --Judith Land
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7 Responses to “Adoption—a correlation between adoption and wilderness survival”

  1. (w)rite here says:

    Never thought about the connection before but I think there is a correlation there now that I think about it.

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