I was one of those children who spent much of her childhood indoors.
I’ve wondered what my life would’ve been like had I been encouraged to go outdoors more. However, if I’m taking responsibility for myself, I’ll say instead, I’ve wondered what my life would have been like had I voluntarily gone outdoors more.
My brother, cousins, and other friends spent copious amounts of time outside. But me? I stayed inside watching TV, but mostly my nose was in a book or typing a book. Those moments were a lot of fun, but as I grew older, I realized I had a lot of negative thoughts about perfectly natural things, like outside being “dirty,” especially for a girl.
In the past few years, I’ve been more of an outdoorsy person, but still I wished I had grown up with dirt in my blood. I let go of that wish today. I wouldn’t have appreciated nature as much as I do now if I didn’t have a separate feeling from it.
I always said if I had a child, I’d wanted him to have a very close relationship with nature. I didn’t want him to see dirt or any of the elements found outside negatively. Everything is made from this “outdoors” anyway.
I enjoy taking my son outside and letting him roam around shirtless and barefoot in the grass, sand, and even when climbing lava rocks. I want him to feel the energy coming from the ground and develop a unique lasting relationship with the ultimate mother: Nature. He will grow to see dirt as it is, soil blooming seeds into food, soil enveloping all Earth elements to become everything – buildings, clothes, cars, and all other human-made possessions.
We treat nature as a bottom class entity when we need every single bit of its parthenogenetic life force to have any sort of life.
It’s an honor to watch my son develop an unbreakable bond with nature. His natural play instincts confirm the entire world is for exploration, no matter how men try to sell plots, supposedly conquer already occupied land, or require paperwork and citizenship to go and come.
Wouldn’t it be hilarious if nature asked us for paperwork or money to be here? To make money or paper, we need earth’s resources! No other species on the planet has to pay to live, so what are we doing? Have we crossed over into normalized insanity?
Yes, yes, we have. We don’t like to think about it, and when we do, we say, “that’s just the way it is” and move on as though untouched and powerless to change anything.