“The earth has music for those who listen.” -George Santayana
I have just recently spent 4 days camping on the murray river. Since a child, camping has always been my absolute favourite holiday activity, and following these last 4 days, I gained some more insight as to why.
Communication. When you are out camping in the wilderness, there is no/limited connection to the everyday distractions that assault us from every angle. The simple distraction of your phone can become obsolete. Not only is this great for your soul, but it forces a much more meaningful human interaction. Everyone will simply communicate. I found myself talking to lots of different people, and having much better quality conversations without the obvious distractions of the modern world.
Simplicity. Camping invokes a certain creativity. A simple creativity where you are making do with limited resources. A tent, camping stove, gas light and chair make up the core ingredients to successful camping. Throw in an esky to store food and you are laughing. Not only does it ground you to live this way, but subtly reminds us that we do not need much to be happy. A campfire and good conversation makes up the bulk of time spent, with extremely satisfying and fulfilling results. (Not to mention it costs nothing)
Nature. If you are camping you are undoubtably enjoying natural surroundings. As I grow older, spending time in nature seems to be one of the most rejuvenating activities (next to meditation). There is a clean and natural energy that arises from being outdoors. Fresher oxygen and clearer night sky’s are the backbone of camping gratitude.
So I learned over this last weekend that combining nature, simplicity and communication is why I love camping so much. It also helps when you can spend some time water skiing and having a blast on a ski boat, but this is a minor feature in a scheme of positive effects.
Do you enjoy camping? How do you feel after a great camping trip?