Do you hear it? The silent ring across the city, a tiny hymn that calls you and draws you near. Away from the four corners of your office and into the cornerless forest. Silence, a very uncommon sound in the hustling and bustling city. It’s weird, right? That when you’re in the city time flies by so fast and Sunday becomes Friday in a blink. On the other hand, a walk in nature seems to be endless and never time bound.
Welcome to Camp John Hay Eco Trail! It’s my first time here despite being a local of the city. Being surrounded by nature and just hearing the birds sing, the wind through the trees and old pine needles crunch under your shoes is a therapeutic experience. The walk enabled me to look back in life for just a moment. Calculating, I thought about how a year can make such a difference in my life.
A year ago, I was pouring all my efforts on research and school requirements.
A year ago, I graduated from school.
A year ago, I had my first job.
A part of me is still a student. I am waiting for things to discover me and not the other way around. Maybe the reason behind it is that I am still dependent on other people; people to tell me what to do and just follow the rules. I dare to be daunting sometimes but truth is, I am still reluctant to be daring. Another side of me is that thing called YOLO (lol) I jump at opportunities and along the way, I discover something new within me that I have never met before. Scary? A little. After wondering through the forest and watching nature do its thing, I stop for a while to take a deep breath.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
All work and no play make people mad and depressed. I don’t want to get to that point, of course. I still want to have a life where I can travel and blog. I hear my students’ stories that all they do is work, work, and work more than the usual 8 hours and I ask “Why do you work so hard? ” And they answer, “For the future.” What does the future hold anyway? Life would catch up with you later on and what would you do with your money if your old and sickly?
Work Hard, Play Hard
I think we’re all trying to achieve this balance in our life where we work hard, earn money then travel or time for hobbies. Lucky for some people, they earn from their hobbies. Like you, I’m still trying to find myself amidst all the mess that I have made. I’d like to take my time, learn as much as I can, build relationships, take afternoon naps, and get lost in nature.
What about you? Have you answered nature’s call already? What did you learn from nature?