Reclaiming

Reclaiming - student project

As the earth settles in, forgetting us humans, some of us do too. The chatter and movement of cities might as well be a dream, a past life. Was that really our normalcy? I miss it, the feeling of being to get close to strangers, but can also barely remember it somehow. The adaptivity of humans- we bear what we know. We’ve heard tales of pollution clearing up, birds and mammals reappearing in spaces they had once trafficked– an almost surreal form of regeneration. As we’re stuck in our homes (or wherever the lockdown fated us to be), I cannot help but think about how things fit together, where we belong. Ways in which we wish we were more aligned. What I mean to say is that I realize this is something I have been craving my whole life. To feel like I belong to a greater scheme, that I fit in with Nature. The body in landscapes: amongst mountains, valleys, and plains so vast that we are lost, inconsequential. Put in our place. Something that has always made me feel dejected is our separation from nature. As a society, we’ve regressed on fundamentals of evolution. To many people of this modern age, Nature is something to conquer yet fear, mentalities that have gotten us into the pit where we are now. This is probably one of the most basal of separations, akin to Eve accepting the apple to open her eyes. Once the rift begins it’s nearly impossible to go back.

It’s not that I wish we all lived in forests or caves or on rivers. But to feel the most alive outside, the blood pounding through your veins, vistas beyond our measly comprehension, seeing how much greater the world is than yourself… There is no substitute for this.  Whether it's riding a wave, climbing a wall, trusting your legs to take you somewhere far, it’s a kind of connectedness I have no words for. When was the last time you were out in the open and comfortable with just that, felt like the earth, mountains, trees, boulders are your companions? The planet has been through far more than we have– it’s going to be fine. Sometimes, I’m not so sure about us humans.