"Respect the land". Something that has been ingrained into my being the last week especially.
A bit over a week ago I was sternly reminded of the sheer power our Mother Earth holds... Not that I ever doubted her for one second, but a wake up call is needed usually in the moments you think one is needed the least. Fast forward through some cuts, serious bruises, head/back aches, and a whole lot of soaking wet gear (including my iPhone)- and I have been on the tune out the ten days. With every experience I gain beside this beautiful planet I feel more and more deeply attached. They say the best thing to do is get back on the horse, and that's exactly what I've been doing. Enjoying this corner of the Pacific in all her sheer glory and power, refusing to hold back from the daily activities I love, the kind that most people experience once in a life time. I refuse to stop keeping up with this planet. You can't live your life in fear of the “what ifs” or the fumbles. Because that is not living at all.
You may remember I tried an "unreachable period" a few weeks back. This was time for me to tune out and be selfish with whom I allotted my time. However, I was merely choosing to go offline, and it was short lived. This go around I was forced in the best of ways. No celly, no at-home internet. Having zero form of technological communication at my finger tips blew my mind! We are so dependent on these damn devices, even if we believe we are the most down to earth individuals. From wanting to call family over 3,000 miles away (living in the middle of the ocean can be stressful!), to clocking in at work (mobile managed), to directions for job interviews and the like. As well as everything in between. I realized my phone is a tool that I really appreciate because they are used for so much more than social media! But I also realized how positively challenging it was to get back to basics. Pushing myself to think more instead of finding my answers at the click of a button, pushing myself to engage more in public settings instead of browsing the web. It's been a bit of a crazy experience honestly. I'm still without a phone, relying solely on electronic devices attached to wifi and the kindness of strangers and friends alike letting me borrow their phones to make quick calls. But It's more than most people in our world have, and I'm stoked on trying out this new lifestyle. I'm not sure when I will be completely connected again, as I'm greatly enjoying the detachment that is growing in my zone. However, I've found a Mac plugin for some social media accounts so I can stay minimally in the loop when I'm at home base, as well as share some thoughts via writing/image pair. Info coming on some (a lot) of writing I've been doing during this period. Stay tuned. But also, stay tuned out. Get in good with Mama Nature, then check back for some writerly wisdom. Xx
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!