I have always been attracted to nature, and have used to ground me throughout my life. Be it the woods, water, mucking in a stream, ocean, backpacking, later paddling, you name it, I did it. So when we literally got all of our winter in one weekend in the northeast I busted out my snowshoes and communed with nature to settle my ADD mind. It doesn’t matter how long I’m out in nature, my mind calms and I’m able to focus.
Boat Sledding. Yes it is as fun as it sounds.
I am currently building my future freedom every day, and sometimes that means short-term sacrifices for long-term, sustainable freedom. It feels indescribably good to finally know where I’m going in life, and what I am going to do with it. I’ll get to volunteer and give more than I do now, and I’m changing lives in the process. Most importantly, my own.
I love what I’m able to do with my life now that I never thought possible, and I’m in love with the fact that I will be able to choose to work very soon because I like it not because I have to.
This is kind of a rambling entry, and I use writing to process things. So, I apologize if this didn’t make sense, but I needed to write this today because of the various levels of emotions I am feeling today. Writing and nature are two of my favorite outlets, and that’s what makes this blog so fun.
Remember when you were a kid, and Snow Days were King. It was the ultimate gift.
However, when you are “an adult”, you forget about that. You forget about playing in the snow, getting dirty, and just having fun. You worry instead about the commute, the potential lost wages, and clean-up of snow.
Photograph taken by Looie Voorhees. Boat sledding at its finest in Bucks County, PA. So much fun.
All of the above are important, to an extent. There is a magic about winter that people forget about. For example, the majestic and serene scene of snow in the trees, this especially true in the woods. Last winter, I participated in a lot of winter activity for the first time in about 8 years. I had forgotten what a spiritual moment it is to experience. As the snow is falling, and you look up into the trees and see the glorious stillness and pristine landscape; it is an unexpected transformative experience.
It is something I cannot begin to describe to you. I am not religious, but I am a spiritual person. I realized something that maybe I was not alone and there is some kind of universal energy. I found that gift in nature.
I become instantly still when on the river.
Whitewater canoeing during winter. Photo by Kevin O’Neill
The river is my outlet, my passion, and my place of confidence. Everyone needs to find their own special place in life, and the river is mine.