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In search of Waldeinsamkeit

Well, Ohio, specifically my town, seems to be leading the wave of new infections, and face masks are now required in public. So I’m adjusting my outdoor plans again. For the foreseeable future, I am going to stay inside the borders of my home state and do my hiking/camping totally solo. I threw a video together last week after a short trek out to Wildcat Hollow exploring the idea of “Waldeinsamkeit,” translating as “forest loneliness.” It’s not a negative, it’s a way to reduce stress, feel a connection to the outdoors, and perform an emotional reset. I can report that after spending the night in one of the smaller State Parks by my campfire and the hike through Wildcat Hollow I feel more like myself than I have in a while.

I feel a responsibility to track my trips, reduce and limit my exposure to others, and them me, during a year where a deadly virus spins out of control in the US with a total absence of leadership. Still, unlike the emotional trap I succumbed to earlier during quarantine, I plan to refocus on three things. Mental, physical and emotional health. I’ll be writing on each of those angles to some degree in the near future to document what types of things I am pursuing toward those goals. I also plan to get back in line with some of my professional goals, namely in pursuit of moving closer to cloud architecture and modern web front end development. So there will be some personal projects coming along with blog posts and YouTube video presentations.

The thing that has changed for me is that I’ve come to the realization that, even during an unfathomably horrible year, there will be good things that come from our efforts if we choose to double down, be creative, look both inward (but not too deeply) and then turn our gaze upon the future that we can make with better outcomes. I suppose, for me, it’s all about hope, belief in ourselves, and courage while doing what we should. Harming no one by putting them at undue risk.

So, there’s my update for the week. I’m writing a series on hope now that I plan to get published through the summer. This update is just my way of stitching some of those ideas together I suppose.

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