It’s questionable as to whether reconnecting with nature is actually good for us. There are some things that I know to the true about nature without question:
1 – Nature can kick your ass without hesitation
2 – Due to the fact that nature can obliterate us in a blink, we should respect it at all times
3 – Many of us have distanced ourselves from nature so much that we try to re-establish our links from the hunter-gatherer days by going camping and staying in cottages, despite the fact that we’ve retained next to none of our ancestral skills
4 – Thus, we trod all over – and disrespect – something that can kick our asses without hesitation, and with our paltry skills we hope to survive whatever nature decides to throw at us: wildlife, harsh conditions, natural disasters…
So if trying to get in touch with nature has a very real potential to be the death of us, why do we even bother? What drives us to invest and gear and drive hours away from the homes we’ve worked on customizing and developing all in an effort to “get away from it all”?
In short, it’s one of the cheapest and most effective ways to get a short reprieve from your busy, busy life. Whereas a cottage has chores and travelling abroad is saddled with the expectation of snapping a plethora of photos and seeing every sight that your vacation destination has to offer – the only thing you actually need to DO while camping is SURVIVE. Of course, even that isn’t a simple affair anymore – in order to get me to agree to go camping regularly in the first place, Sarah had to kick it up a notch to “glamping” – glamorous living + camping. With a double-high queen-sized air mattress and a 19′ x 12′ tent that can allegedly fit 10 (see attached), I think we’ll be okay for the weekend. So the next time big city living is grating on your nerves and you’re going a mile a minute with no steam to keep you going – the most illogical pasttime out there may be just the thing you need!
–Casey E. Palmer