Connections to NatureSubmitted by John Pappan on Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:00pm
Sometimes when I'm driving down the road listening to old rock music a little too loud and pretending I know the words to every song that comes on, a string of words will fill my brain and will send a shock through my mind telling me to write them down before I forget them. On occasions, I write them down immediately. Well, not exactly write them down, but I will use my old useless pal Siri to write it down as a text and then when I am safely stopped, I will write it down in my notebook or somewhere more secure on my phone. But sometimes, mainly when I'd rather just jam out to some tunes, I will just go, "Oh, I'll remember that remarkable thought. I'll write it down when I get to my destination." A few minutes down the line when I'm at my destination, I have forgotten the words that so graciously came into my life and left me with nothing but disappointment and a lost opportunity.
The things that come to mind can be one-liners or just random thoughts, and sometimes, they are more serious. Like the other day, I was driving around listening to music and looked out the window. I saw a man in his yard with his hand up above his head pushing against this massive tree. The way his hands were, it looked like he was almost worshiping the wood and the leaves around it. And a phrase popped into my head. "Mankind used to be connected to nature, but now its just connected to Wi-Fi." The line isn't in anyway a Mark Twain or even a Shakespear quote that would be worth money, but to me, it was something worth remembering.
Ever since I was a kid, my family has always tried to keep me outdoors and sometimes it worked and other times it didn't. I joined boy scouts at the age of ten and started my outdoor adventures going camping, hiking, skiing, swimming, and so on and so forth. As I got older, I started to go fishing more. I even spent a majority of my 7th and 8th-grade summer at the river with an old friend of mine (not Siri) playing in the water, swimming, fishing, exploring, and just enjoying the nature that surrounded me.
But as I got into high school, I spent less time outside and spent more time inside playing video games and playing on my phone. Now, I didn't stop going out and camping and doing things in the prosperous nature that this earth has provided, I just did it less. And now that I've gotten older, I have lost the time that I could be spending outside since I have to go to work, I have to do homework, I have to write, etc. Not that I don't enjoy doing most of those things, it's just that I miss the great outdoors and the freedom that only it can provide my heart and soul as I become a kid again as my mud-covered boots hit the trail, as I reel in a big bass, or as my feet slip into the pudding-like mud underneath the shallow river. Nothing beats the good old nature that gives us the air we breathe. That's why I won't ever forget that we were connected to nature way before we were connected to Wi-Fi.