Discovering Nature

Declan writing in his journal.

Declan writing in his journal.

By Jacky

Sit spots is a way of connecting, or rather discovering nature. It gives someone the opportunity to be away from the civilized world of technologies and to reflect in a peaceful place, alone. What people chooses to get out of these experience is purely up to them, for factors such as emotions, environment, and influences can drastically change the mood of sit spots.

Personally, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There were ups and downs, and even times when I despised being at my sit spot. My experiences were often affected by how I felt or what was happening in and outside of school. For instance, logs done when the weather was favorable was far more “positive” than logs done when I was utterly exhausted.

By forcing myself to go out there almost once every week, it was interesting to look back and reflect on my rollercoaster journey. At first, I didn’t take this concept seriously. It was just one of those things that didn’t feel important to me; however, over time, I found my sit spot to be one of the only places where I could sit and reflect on whatever that was coming through my mind without the distraction of the sophisticated community. Undoubtedly, I didn’t begin to write an essay every time I went; there were lots of occasions where I would settle for a simple drawing of a tree branch or leaf. This whole experience wasn’t a complete waste of time, nor did it work wonders for my take on the environment; instead, it created a much-needed balance between the two, and I think that’s something we all need in this chaotic and occupied world.

Here’s an excerpt from one of my only positive sit spot logs:

 

October 13th, 2016

The sound of raindrops is evident as I write. Not much as changed since my last visit: the sun isn’t shining, the wind’s blowing, and the birds are chirping. There’s a rugby game going on at school, so the screams of boys create an unsettling force on the environment. It’s thoughts such as, “are the birds communicating?” and “are there bugs beneath this leaf?” that makes sit spots “special”. It’s always nice to just stare into nature and let your mind be free of all struggles and stress back home.

This mature community, this forest with its perfect imperfections is what makes sit spots special.

The birds are what make sit spots special.

The rugby game going on is what makes sit spots special.

Every time you go, you never know what new environments nature is going to present to you.

Go out, go explore, go be you.

You are part of this world; this world is part of you.

Go.

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