I had my first kid, and I haven't had true bicycle freedom since I was about 14. It's very sad, but it's also the truth.
In the past years, I have used my bicycle for different thing, mostly to entertain the kids and to get
exercise, never did I think beyond that. I never thought about the fresh air in my lungs, I never thought about the sense of freedom and independence and I never thought about the giddiness it makes a kid feel, when they are left to their own devices, until this weekend. I was on a path with my son and his friend (I was following them to lead the way as they wanted to show me something) and I felt it, again! That magical moment of independence and freedom. I guess as my kids are getting older, not only do they get some freedom and independence, but so do I!!! I seriously thought I was their age again, getting on a bike and just not caring about anything but what they had to show me. The cool discovery they made, the awesome paths they had found, the shortcuts to the beach they had made, all in the name of independence.
That is my draw to camping! People have asked me all the time, "Carla, why would you bother sleeping outdoors?" And I never really thought about it because I just liked it and didn't think that I really needed to respond to people's judgments about what I do. But today I will open up. The truth is, I found my very own independence from my parents when I was camping. It's the first unsupervised trip I had ever taken, of course back then it was one 4-man tent shared between 6 people and a
pack of sausages and a case of coke (I have evolved completely since then, camper, chicken breast, oolong tea) but it was freedom and community and a sense of being together with my "family". It taught me that fun and adventure could be had on a whim and on a dime and that freedom does not have to be so out of reach from my roots.
Today camping makes me nostalgic. It lets me see and experience adventure and freedom through pre-teen, crazy kid and children's eyes. Camping makes me see the allure of the fire through the eyes of my kids and the kids we surround ourselves with and it lets me experience the excitement of the marshmallow / hotdog roast through the eyes of preschoolers. The taste of innocent, adventurous freedom and independence the kids get to experience is something that cannot be bought, cannot be taught, but just lived. They get to live and feel in a way that the structure of daily life would never allow them to have.
Feel your sense of freedom today by hopping on your bike and getting a taste of what nature and God truly intended when it set out to create life on this Earth.
Until Next Time,
Live From the Inside Out,
No More X-Cuses!
Make this your week, month, year to shine :)