Skipping past this long Iowa winter…we are here.
If you haven’t already picked up, I share a photo each month on Adventures By DW. How I see. This first series continues to showcase how I see NATURE through photos and short essays.
May: Whiskeytown National Recreation, Northern California
There is nothing like solo camping to announce to the world: I am here.
Because, ironically there is no other human around to trace your tracks. To find you. Is this scary? Yes. But there is nothing like facing the fear of being alone, alone in Nature.
The circumstances that led me to camping alone in this spot were unfortunate and unplanned. However, looking back after 8 months, I SEE how clear and beautiful it was to arrive to this destination.
Take a look. The fallen tree crossing over the creek serves as the perfect seat to stretch out. Your back against the moss, eyes look to the sky. The tune of the creek’s running water underneath you.
Step your bare feet into the cold creek. Next thing you become aware of is how grateful you are for clean and clear water. Yes, I took this ample opportunity to wash my clothes after 2 weeks of camping. Gratitude turns what we have into being enough.
The sea of green is all around you. Which is wiser? The tall crisscrossed trees or the quiet flowerless moss slowly taking on their shadow? I wondered.
The fabrics of Mother Nature weaves wisdom throughout humankind, if we look close enough. Sometimes it’s in the moments of solitude we stop completely to see. To feel.
When you sit alone long enough in Nature, you become fully aware of your emotions. Where do all those feelings go when they’re not fully felt? Oh yeah, they are held within us and held back. Only for so long. Feelings buried alive never die…
Soon the thoughts in your head perfectly mirror what you feel. And suddenly, it’s like the brain’s boombox is turned up to FULL volume. Sometimes we dance it out because we feel hopeful, liberated, valued, accepted, brave, and filled with love and joy. Other times we lull around and feel heavy-hearted, abandoned, anxious, cynical, unappreciated, excluded, or just indecisive.
The more we tune in, we realize the brain speaks this process daily. It’s up to us to process each of these feelings, the good and bad, and the highs and lows. Process to understand. And ultimately, letting go of the negative to process to transform.
No matter what we’ve been through. It is done. We are here now. Living.
Life only goes on from here, if we let it.