It was raining and I just had came inside from trying to snap photos of my kids running around barefoot in our back yard. No coats, shoes, (or pants for the toddler) just feeling the wet, mushy leaves underfoot, hair dripping on their foreheads, the sound of rain drops dripping down around us, it was like we were in our own little world. As I watched them experience these simple life pleasures I had an idea.
I have been searching for a personal project for a while now.
Something that would push me out of my comfort zone and encourage me explore new places, various lighting, different weather elements and to combine my muse: the kids.
In an age where our kids are growing up with technology as a part of their everyday life I feel like its so important to put down the screens (myself included) and to get back to nature.
Digital heroin is a real thing. A disease that many of us dont even know that we have. You may even be reading this on your phone right now. I mean, how awesome, but also how terrible it is that our phones do so much more than call people! While it may feel like we are using the phone for connection (and we do) we are also losing connection with those around us. Who are here + present and waiting on us to put the phone down and to show up. Did you look at your phone more than your child today? Somedays I am guilty of this.
I want to watch sunrises and sunsets, I want to experience every season and feel what it is truly like to be wild (if only for the afternoon).
The silence of creative daydreaming is now filled with hassle and bustle and continuous noise in our lives, a constant mental static, and the need for solitude which seems to be vanishing.
The chance to be left alone with your thoughts has become one of the rarest commodities in today’s world. How are you really alone if you always have a smart phone in hand?
It doesnt feel good when my first impulse in the morning is to check Facebook before even saying “good morning” or having a moment of quiet mindfulness. Or how about “Im tired so I am going to bed.” Then lays in bed and pulls up Pinterest for 30 minutes. At one point in my life I liked to draw, journal, practice meditation in the evenings yet now Im addicted to the scrolling and constant distraction in my mind that the phone provides me with.
I remember what it was like to go for a walk without a device in my hand, to be left alone with my thoughts, to catch my breath – and just let myself be…I miss this.
So Im here to call myself out. To put down the phone, to go on adventures (even if its my own back yard some days) and to get back to basics. To connect with our Earth Mother + to show my kids the ways of the wild.
Im using this space to commit to a once a week blog post to show the ways we got wild. How we explored. How we connected to each other and to nature.
Go out, go out I beg of you And taste the beauty of the wild. Behold the miracle of the earth With all the wonder of a child. ~ Edna Jaques