Nowadays, we’re all used to doing things in a hurry. So there’s a temptation to hurry through our vacations and camping trips as well. It’s as though we think that nature is just going to disappear someday. So we’d better see as much of it as possible. Obviously, this defeats the purpose of going on a camping trip.
If you want to make the most of your RV adventure, think back to when you were a child. Children aren’t trying to fit a million things into one day. Instead, they’re trying to find something so enjoyable that they could keep doing it for hours and watch the time fly by. Even something relatively simple like swinging from a tree on a warm day can be engaging to a child.
But sometimes, when we become adults, we lose the ability to lose ourselves in simple things. A camping trip is a great way to regain that childish enthusiasm. And if we look to the words of many great men and women, we’ll find that they all shared the ability to connect with nature in a childlike way.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” —Albert Einstein
Think about it this way. When you go in the midst of nature, you get a lot of energy. So when you come back to your daily life, you can use that energy to do things.
But what Einstein is saying might go even deeper. Because if you stop to think about it, nature is pretty complex. Even the construction of something as simple as a flower or a leaf is really pretty complicated. Why does a certain flower have five petals? Why do roses have thorns? Why are certain leaves thinner and others thicker? Why are there flowers and leaves of so many different shapes and colors?
When you examine nature in detail, you find that there is a reason for everything. And if you try to apply the same technique to your daily life, you might find that the result is the same. Everything you try to do as well as everything that happens to you has a reason behind it. And if you stop to examine the reason, you can also do something to change the status quo.
“Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.” —Hans Christian Andersen
Although Hans Christian Andresen and Einstein were employed in two very different occupations, they seemed to share the same respect for nature. Nature is not just something that you can think about getting more of now and then. According to Andersen, it is a necessity. If you’re going to live, you should live fully instead of just surviving, the way many of us do.
Fortunately, it’s easy to fill your life with the beauty of nature. Sunshine, as Andersen points out, can help you feel a great deal better. In fact, scientists have proven that it is a mood enhancer for most people. So are flowers, with their bright colors. And what can beat the freedom that you feel in the midst of nature, when you’re hiking up a mountain trail, swimming in a lake or walking through a meadow filled with flowers?
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
This quote from Emerson might seem a little off the wall. What exactly are the colors of the spirit? And how are we supposed to relate to them, given that we are normal people and not the Dalai Lama? Can we even gain an understanding of the word “spirit”? Or is that also beyond our comprehension?
Actually, the answer is in Emerson’s words too. In order to gain an understanding of the spirit, why not turn to nature? When you’re surrounded by greenery, running water and mountains, do you feel something change inside you? Do you feel like a part of you awakens? Has that part been lying dormant for a long time? What do you think it’s trying to tell you?
Spirit is that deepest part of you which can give you all the guidance you need to achieve whatever you want in life. But first, you need to connect to it. You need to find it within yourself. And you can do this with the help of nature.
“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” —Georgia O’Keeffe
If you’re at all familiar with Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, then you know that she is famous for her oversized flowers filling the canvas and invading the viewer’s senses with force and vigor.
It’s true that people have been ignoring nature for a while now, as O’Keeffe says. But you can stop doing so now by surrounding yourself with nature on a large scale.
You can also look to nature as a means of artistic inspiration, just as Georgia O’Keeffe does. If you’re an artist, there are so many things to paint, photograph or write about in nature. But even if you’re not an artist, you can try taking a few photos or making a few sketches—whatever feels good to you.
Make a collection of stones, rocks, shells, leaves or flowers. You can dry the leaves and flowers and make arrangements with them. Or you could create a scrapbook full of memories. The opportunities for making art in nature are endless.