She loves me, she loves me not
Me: “We should make a trip to the beach this summer. That would be nice.”
2020: “I am about to end this man’s whole career”
I’m sure we all had great plans to do something this year, travel being on top of the list! Some of us wanted to not just dip our toes in the moving water but our souls as well. Yes, feeling the tan on our skin is great but to feel our souls find a home? Priceless.
Missing all those crazy trips right now, aren’t we? I know I am. Ever thought why being surrounded by trees, trekking a hill, a dip in the river, and the sound of birds chirping brings us so much delight? Nature never fails to provide us a sense of peace and solitude, which is missing in the modern world.
Now the issue here lies in the most cliche terms of today, “mindfulness”. How many of us have been prey to capturing everything we see and experience on camera? As if a picture is the only proof for that moment. We are all so terrified of being in the deafening silence of nature that we rush inside our built walls the first chance we get.
When are we going to realize that we find a better connection with Nature than we ever will with WiFi.
As Duncan Trussell says, “Some poor, phoneless fool is probably sitting next to a waterfall somewhere totally unaware of how angry and scared he’s supposed to be.” I wish to be that fool.
The more we observe and appreciate nature, the more we’re in awe about our place in the universe. Imagine being surrounded by towering mountains and trees in the Himalayas, is it scary or beautiful?
Some may find it overwhelming when they see the vastness, some may be overwhelmed with joy when they realize there’s so much more to this universe, and our problems, so small. It has to be right? We’re tiny specks of the universe ourselves, it only feels right.
Okay, that was deep. A lot to be grateful for too!
So, how do we make the most of nature? No, don’t drill any more oil or cut more trees, that’s not what I meant. How can we appreciate the serenity and wildness of nature while being stuck between concrete walls?
As much as some of us want to, we can’t abandon our responsibilities and hitchhike our way to the Amazon forest, or make friends with a Mermaid in the Maldives and just live there. Connecting with nature from where we are isn’t that complicated! Imma show you how!
It is as simple as taking a long breath – maybe it’s time we extend our palms out like kids and feel the rain. Sniff the breeze as it waves at you or just go find out what the flowers near/in your house smell like today.
When being cooped up in the house gets draining for you, go out for a walk. Notice the trees around the neighborhood. Walking barefoot on grass can be so healing! The feeling of mud, grass, and water under our feet is so soothing, psychology says it even helps to ground oneself.
Alright, for this one, you’ll have to get up from your chair. Ready? Go to the window/balcony and look at the sky. What shapes have clouds taken today? Stargazing is such a soulful experience, Albeit, there’s not much you can see from the city. But once in a while, we get lucky!
Bring nature to us. Not all of us have the privilege to be around greenery at our heart’s desire. But we all have the ability to bring nature to us. Grow plants! (For all my commitment-phobic peeps, Cactus is the solution)
Y’know, life can be overwhelming at times. When it is, it’s okay to take time out for ourselves. We’ve all been there. But what if we don’t wait till we burn out one day to truly enjoy being in nature?
So what are you waiting for? Go, explore the world, my lil butterfly. There’s always something to learn. Go, shoooo!