This week I asked the crew, what continues to draw them to the outdoors. I’ve always wondered why others continue to come back for more, even though they have been tried by mother nature at times.
When I look at this from a behavioral point of view, I might say that I have been conditioned to get “enjoyment” from climbing or from spending time in the outdoors. From that conditioning, there continues to be reinforcers that propel me to maintain my current interests. A reinforcer being something that increases the likelihood that a specific behavior or response will occur/continue. So, from a behavioral perspective, there are probably too many actual reinforcers for me to even track. Everything from beauty, to the dynamic experience of feeling connected to something bigger, everything from the awe which cannot actually be put into words, to the mildest of breezes that barely touches the tip of my nose, from the adrenaline that comes with sending a route that seemed a bit outside my ability, to the sigh of relief when I clip the rope just before I fall. Perhaps my strongest reinforcers would be the community, i.e. those who share my love for the outdoors (especially Gaia and Sarah), and the simple fact that being in nature makes me feel happy.
How many reinforcers draw me to nature, draw me to the rock? I couldn’t even venture to take a guess, but as I sit here (outside) with my dog to my right (PEPPER THE DOG!!!), and a hot cup of green tea to my left (FANNIE THE CUP OF GREEN TEA!!!) I can only hope that I get to spend the rest of my life counting each one, one after the other.
For our group post we were asked to write a little about what draws us towards nature/outdoor activities and, in all honesty, I found this assignment to be a little challenging. I cannot put into words what mother natures evokes in me without sounding cheesy or overly dramatic ! Although simple, it is honest and it even makes me blush to think about posting it but…
Why not ?
Because I find peace when I am with her.
Because It transports me to different places when I look straight into her.
Because with her I can be one and many at the same time.
Without her I lose myself, without her I disconnect.
She fuels me, inspires me, and makes me whole.
Because she is a part of me, I always go back to her.
I would have to agree with Gaia, the question posed was a difficult one to answer even for myself.
What keeps me coming back is simple…
Every time I step foot in nature I learn something new. Whether it be about nature itself or myself, it continues to push and pull me. Teaching me that I can handle things I would never think of. As most of you know, I grew up living for the outdoors, I was raised to worship mother nature and the things she does for us and can do to us. As many times she has burned me, she has provided and I will never lose sight of that. Soil of the earth runs through my veins and the call of the wild is constant.
As always, Thank you for the continuing support and reads!!