By Sarah Williams
With too many opportunities and everyday responsibilities, we forget to realise our own capability. We create a shell around ourselves, and refuse to step out of the bubble. But, if you want to experience what life is all about, just go camping!
Woods not only offer an extraordinary reprieve from daily life but also present unusual challenges; it’s the combination that makes camping such a wonderful path of growth.
What’s more – woods influence the life outside of them. Here are 5 camping lessons you can apply to your everyday life.
Our own vulnerability is what allows relationships to grow.
As odd and embarrassing as it may sound, it’s an amazing thing to witness strangers helping each other in the woods. You will always feel the closest to someone as when they are helping you treat injuries while camping. It teaches us in many ways that our own vulnerability is what allows relationships to grow.
While camping alone, most people think that they will get away with claiming to be an island. But that’s not true and is not the wise thing to do. No matter how much of an experienced camper you are, you will be affected by living things in the world. You will encounter a bear someday, be bitten by mosquitos, and even flies. When you meet the sharp-toothed creature yards down the trail, you’ll realise that there is no magic bubble between you and that giant, and the help of a stranger will very well be very much appreciated.
Your individual actions affect a much bigger whole.
Every time you go camping and build a campfire, you kill most of the organic matter around the surface. Once the organic matter below the surface burns, it takes a long time before anything else can grow there again. So, it becomes very vital to choose carefully – if and where to start burning things down.
Elaborating the same point, campers encounter people polluting the water by throwing wrappers, waste and plastic in the water bodies. Water bodies might seem impervious to human activity, but in fact, our choices can have profound impacts on aquatic life and also on the water quality. And hence, your individual actions have a greater impact on your surroundings and the world you live in.
Your body and mind can withstand more than you think.
Being out there in the woods – on your own – can be a challenging experience. It’s a sweet and surprising symbiosis. You might have an inborn fear of the natural world – think of nature as red of tooth and claw, a death trap; forest fires, starvation, and grizzles outside the orange circle of firelight. Without access to all of life’s comforts and commodities – you can’t be blamed for fearing your own safety. Yes, there are dangers, but the more time we spend in nature, the more we’ll grow to cherish, love and stand in between the woods as it was before the human mind created illusions of danger and safety.
You may be caught unawares, but your mind and body can withstand more than you think.
You are your greatest helper.
When embarking on a solo camping adventure – resourcefulness and self-sufficiency are important. And sometimes, you are the only available helper for somebody else – so don’t hesitate, just pitch in.
You must be trained in basic first aid; and knives for camping, strong rope, duct tape, first aid kit, water filtration systems, insect repellant – are the most essential camping accessories on the planet.
In the most adverse situation, you should be prepared enough to be your own hero and your greatest helper.
Gratitude is relative. You can never value the things that you have in your life without experiencing a dire need for them. You will never value food as much as undercooked, dry rice and beans boiled inside the woods at 5 a.m. after hiking nonstop for ten hours and building a campfire in the dark. You will never value water as much as the water in the potable water storage tanks.
There you have 5 Camping Lessons You Can Apply to Your Everyday Life…
So, go into the tiny discomforts with gratitude and spread it around with the lavish abandon.