As I was driving - following all of the roads in the park, barely slowing down, never leaving my car - it occurred to me that mainstream American society today often relegates nature to experiences like this. It's as if we want a take-out order of nature, rather than staying for the real experience.
A litany of excuses ran through my mind as I drove:
- I'm not wearing the right clothes.
- What if there are ticks?
The sad part is, I like nature. There is no excuse for my behavior other than conditioning and complacency.
What barriers prevent you from experiencing time outdoors? Are they real barriers or imagined ones?