For some time now this day has meant a lot to me. No, nothing huge has happened to me on this day like you would originally think, but for some reason this day makes me feel at home. Home as in, thank god we finally have a day to celebrate Mother Earth instead of everything else that has happened because of her… aka, national bubble gum day, national stuffed mushroom day, or national chopsticks day. If you don’t believe me that those are actually holidays, google it. I dare you.
To most people, Earth Day is just an excuse to say “Happy Earth Day” or post a nature photo on Instagram. For me, it makes me extremely thankful for my ability to be in nature. I live in a huge city and often find myself seeking local parks and short walking trails along the river. Today, I reminisce about all the adventures that I have been able to go on because of this beautiful Earth we call home. Today, I look forward to the plans I have this upcoming year and simply say thank you. Yes, I say thank you to the grass I walked on earlier today and to the tulips on my coffee table from Easter celebrations.
As many backpackers know, a lot of planning goes into backpacking trips. Where? When? How? How is the biggest question, including logistics such as getting the time off from work that will correlate with the weather. I can’t even count the times that I have been up at 1 a.m. on other online blogs just dreaming of what adventure I can plan next. On Earth Day, I am pondering the fact that if everyone treated the Earth like they do on Earth Day, then our forests, oceans, and glaciers wouldn’t be in the shape that they are.
So, let’s adventure. Let’s take the plunge and enjoy planning a trip. Let the stress of every minuscule detail of planning a trip be part of the journey, not a burden. Let’s treat our Earth like we want it to be around, and not “shit where we sleep” (If you get what I mean. Haha).
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