Day 26. - Nature Calls...Concrete Jungle Escape!
On as regular a schedule as possible, get out of the traffic, smog and concrete to enjoy some quality time around trees, blue skies, mountains, fields, water and fresh air.
Going into nature awakens you and helps you get back to what, outside of making a living in the city, is real in life. Remember, we have been on this planet for hundreds of thousands of years, for the most part living a relatively sustainable existence. It is
only within the last 100 plus years that the currently accepted everyday reality of traffic, 9-5, errands and other modern day concepts have become part of our expectations. Vacations should be spent allowing the calendar and clock to be forgotten for the
time provided,...whether it is a day, a long weekend get-away or full vacation. This is the time to forget EVERYTHING in your normal day (include leaving the cell phone at home -- if not for you, then for everyone else who is getting away).
Consider an inner-city teen whose only exposure to the woods or mountains has been from pictures on a calendar or as a backdrop for a movie. How in the world does he/she embrace the notion of protecting something so foreign and, seemingly, worlds away? His/Her existence may have been on the streets, under buildings, with gangs, drinking, and an occasional visit to the park...often in city parks in major cities where drugs are dealt and the homeless & drunks hang out.
Researched material reveals that individuals must have internalized a feeling of need to preserve nature before they can make protecting the environment a priority. Once it has been internalized, those who are enlightened guide future decision making and lifestyle choices. It is preferable that children become exposed to and involved with nature at some level as early in life as possible. Seeing and interacting with the outdoors is a
completely different experience from most people’s everyday experience, yet the majority of the Earth is (fortunately) undeveloped and without concrete everywhere. The desire to protect nature grows by simply knowing that this place exists and waits for your visit when you get an opportunity, and the earlier ongoing exposure to nature begins, the stronger are your internal feelings for it.