“All America lies at the end of the wilderness road, and our past is not a dead past, but still lives in us. Our forefathers had civilization inside themselves, the wild outside. We live in the civilization they created, but within us the wilderness still lingers. What they dreamed, we live, and what they lived, we dream.”
Many generations of the brightest individuals have worked overtime to develop the technologies that have made our lives comfortable. These modern conveniences allow us safer and longer lifetimes to spend surrounded by the ones we love. Having the entire knowledge base of Mankind in the palm of our hand and the ability to answer any question and interact with virtually any other human instantly is hard to comprehend. In the future, the history that is written about the past 20 years will be a wild one.
I think we overdid it. It is now un-debatable that Humans have speedup the change in our planets climate and change in ecosystems. The technological innovations are not all being used for good. The medical innovations are not affordable options to all of those in need. We have the new “Software” of having access to these technologies but our biological “Hardware” has not yet caught up. Life has become too easy, we have forgotten where we came from and what it took for us to get here.
I feel a calling to reconnect with the bigger picture. A connection that I will not get from an iOS app and it won’t be delivered same day by Amazon.com. I dream of reconnecting with the world beyond the back top of a 6 lane highway. The past few years I have rediscovered my love for being outside. I have had this intrinsic pull to change the way I live, a need to devolve. I have taken interest in learning what it is like to provide myself with food harvested with my own hands. I want to go off the beaten path, I no longer search of cheap flights to Ibiza but deals on Avalanche training courses. The only pairs of shoes I have purchased this year are meant to grip rock or keep my feet warm underwater or in snow. I now own more Backpacks than suits. My Zillow search history no longer includes listings with the key word “loft” but rather a 40 acre minimum plots of land. The adventure of the wild is still alive it can live within me along side my iPhone 6. I am learning what this balance looks like and it’s not a simple one. I will live in the world my forefathers dreamt of and learn what it took for them to live and find the inspiration of their change.
There has never been a better time to be alive. I love it. The only thing I love more than growing though self exploration is sharing it with the others around me.