There’s something empowering about setting everything aside and going out into the wild. To have everything human and civilized, yet still yearn for a connection with nature. I live in a giant city, work with amazing people, do amazing things, I am constantly connected to people, and have everything I want. But with that comes headaches, drama, and not enough time to appreciate simple things. Which is why, in four weeks I’ll be in Killarney, Ontario. Just two girls, the open road, and week of fresh air. This isn’t a post about which beauty products I couldn’t survive without for a week, it’s about a way deeper idea – the idea of being way too connected overshadowing our innate and most natural need to be connected to Earth.
How many times do we have a crisis and call our friends? Or if you’re me, pour a drink, light a cigarette, and call a friend. How often have you headed to a mall to ease heartache, or boredom, or consumerism? How often do people (including myself) opt for Twitter, video games, television, movies, texting, or Facebook creeping over painting, writing, creating, singing, reading, or reflecting in our spare time? It’s something we have all been guilty of at least once; but it’s also something we need to recognize as not being healthy.
There is an unmeasurable amount of inspiration around us every day and it feels to me as though we’ve become unable to interpret it. We are so overwhelmed with stimulation that our brains don’t have the power to think in the simplest ways. When you see the sunset, do you see a sun setting, or do you see a neon pink glare, reflecting on a lake that is bigger than you know?
I cannot wait to leave all the stimulation and noise behind for a week. The last time I went camping was when I was in Girl Guides. It wasn’t camping so much as a bunch of girls sleeping in a tent and having campfires at night. This time, there will be fishing, canoeing, preparing food, hiking, swimming, painting, thinking, all those delicious things.
I’ll finish off with a quotes from Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, which I’m really enjoying right now.
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? — it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-by. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”