by: Bella Weeks
Friday, July 13th, (Day 4) – A Journal Entry
*The solo walk had each of us walking alone for over two miles on Cucumber Gap Trail in the middle of our third day of backpacking.
During the solo walk that we took today, I thought about a lot of things, but mostly I thoguht about how it’s possible that we are all here, doing what we are doing. I realized that none of us would be here, being who we are, if no one had lived before us. If nobody had lived before us, then there would have been no one to solve the problems that have been solved for us; they would have to be solved by us.
I thought about how we all might be different, if our everyday routines included a two mile hike to school or work. I asked myself questions, such as: How much of our time would we spend worrying over pointless things, like looks and talents? What would it have been like to be a kid walking to school alone every day, and then back home, alone? What would it have been like to live in the beautiful forests, and get to see them everyday, and actually get to be a part of Nature every day?
I was alone on the walk, so naturally. My brain started to really work, and I thought about the questions I had asked myself, and answered them. For one, we’d all probably be more fit and healthier. And maybe there wouldn’t be so much stress to deal with. That alone could make us all much happier. I believe that we would indeed be much happier, because we’d have time to think and relax. And, just maybe, we’d spend more time with our family and friends.
Think about it. If we had more control of our lives ( but not necessarily the parts that only Nature can control) maybe we could all become closer to Nature, in a way that can only be found inside of ourselves.