📸 @nathanielwise & @reneeroaming
Boredom is an almost extinct feeling. As adults we go through our days with endless distractions, various devices to entertain us, never ending to-do lists, and constant notifications. If we have to wait in line or sit at the airport we just whip out our phones and distract ourselves. If we are commuting we can listen to a podcast, music, or an audio book. At any given time we could choose to watch one of thousands of shows on Netflix. We can call a friend or loved one at all hours of the day from practically anywhere in the world... we are reachable almost 24/7.
Do you remember the last time you were truly bored?
I do, though I wouldn’t say it happens all that often. For me boredom sets in when I’m in the backcountry, stripped of technology and lacking phone signal. I don’t say boredom in a bad way either. I love those moments of forced interaction with nature. Just sitting there watching the clouds go by and listening to the birds chirp. It’s a truly liberating feeling not having anything “urgent” to distract you. To let your mind wander like a child again, dreaming up ideas and stories.
The longest I have been without service in the backcountry is 10 days, in Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska. I still had my Kindle and camera on me, so I guess you could say that there were some distractions if I wanted them. I remember leaving the wilderness after those 10 days feeling so light. When I got back into phone and internet service it was kind overwhelming at first. I was excited to be back in contact with the world but part of me just wanted to slink back away to a world without notifications and so many distractions.
Do you ever sometimes just want to run away to a cabin in the woods and hit pause on time for a year? A year of reading, writing, thinking... but no time passes by. There would be no pressure that you’re “wasting time” because time wouldn’t be a thing. I do! #earthoutdoors