If you guys knew me on a personal level, you’d know that lately I have been going on any trip I could just to get out of town –mainly going to places where I could “be one with nature”.
And sure, it was for the hippie side in me to fully escape, but what I really wanted to go out in the wilderness for was to cling to solitude, fresh air, and to hit the restart button on the monotony in life.
If I’m being honest with you guys, I got lost in my own head for a while and the chaos of school and having a job in the city made it so difficult for me to sort things out. The noises, the constant chatter and drama, and the lack of motivation of those around me made it difficult for me to even breathe fresh air. So with the help of a wonderful friend, Vicki, I left Las Vegas to get lost in nature and to find myself, and this is what I learned while I was gone:
1. The difference between the city and the forest, is that it’s unpredictable.
Vicki would constantly say the phrase: “You could stay in this exact area for days and find something new every time.” And she was right. I subconsciously detached myself from the hustle-and-bustle as I admired Sequoia National Forest’s complexities and multiple landscape views. This complexity was absolutely enticing, and I couldn’t get enough of being in it and around it. This trait was constant in any environment I was in. Nature was constantly spontaneous, and I loved it.
2. I could breathe better, which made me think better and clearer.
Being and taking in the fresh oxygen from the forest and vast majority of trees, multi-terrain, and mountains elevated my lung capacity, ridding me from the city grit as best as it could. While taking in the beautiful sceneries, I could breathe better because of the crisp, fresh air. Restarting your breathing patterns and habits through a change of scenery and in deep meditation truly gives you an opportunity to clear your head and think better thoughts. I found that being in nature helped with my thinking process and unclouded my mind because of this.
3. There are things that matter more than whatever subtweets, Instagram posts, and Facebook accusations.
We get so caught up in what the internet has to offer and everything on our little black screens that we forget that our world is depleting and quickly. As Vicki and I were taking in the Sequoia National Park, she was educating me on the extinction on Joshua trees. I had no idea that they were quickly being wiped out, and that soon we’d have none left. Coming to the realization that this is happening to other plants and wildlife everywhere is a harrowing thought, and all we’re doing is checking our feeds to see what lip kits are coming out next or who’s playing in the upcoming seasons of your favorite remake of old TV shows.
What I’m saying is this: we get so caught up in the accessibility of technology and “knowing everything” about everything that we
lose ourselves in the chaos. I know I did.
The world as it is right now gives you the ability to access such superficial points of ourselves that we begin to forget that the natural world is dying, and we haven’t seen half of it. We’re fed new styles and internet crazes, that we forget who we truly are.