Wild Reflections・30 Days Wild 29 & 30
30 Days Wild 2017 ended in total contrast to how it started. Day 1 was scorching hot sunshine whilst days 29 & 30 were more typical of the Cornish summer: gloomy, grey and damp. It provided a nice chance to relax after the long weekend away and reflect on this year’s challenge.
It’s interesting how much it varied from last year’s challenge. Time constraints, personal life drama, and the English weather meant that I went on far less long adventures this year, staying closer to home and becoming more focused on the nature that surrounds me daily. I still plan to go on some longer excursions over the summer, but with everything else going on in June I didn’t have much chance to do so for 30DW.
At first, I kinda beat myself up about this more laid back approach to the challenge and felt like I’d let myself down in a way, but upon reflection, I’ve realised that in many ways I did far more to make nature a part of my daily life this year. The adventures last year were wonderful, and I’m always going to appreciate going on them, but having to find ways to incorporate nature into a busier schedule this year has made it far more of a habit, and that’s what it’s all about.
Now, not a day goes past where I don’t find joy in looking to the natural world, the tiny spaces where plants persevere through cracks in the pavement or the birds that sing outside my window whilst I work. The things that are always there, but that we don’t always take notice of. This year I spent less time focused on having to do something each day and found that it just came naturally. Even on the days where I felt like I hadn’t done a wild activity, I found looking back on the day that I had done one without thinking.
And isn’t that really the point in 30 Days Wild? To reconnect? Nature is not something separate from us, though we like to treat it as such. We are nature, and to lose sight of that is to lose part of ourselves.
Is it really any wonder people feel more stressed than ever? So many of us are more detached than ever from the rhythms of nature, the cycles of the wild world outside. Locked in our little boxes, our schedules now revolve around work, bills, consumption…