Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Into the Woods

Some people assume that I watch a lot of TV since I’m at home during the day. Seeing as I don’t have cable, that would get boring pretty quick. The truth is that I spend an inordinate amount of time in the forest. Granted, most of my day is spent at my computer (just like everyone else) but I’m drawn to the woods like a moth to a flame. I value my solitude more than most and I don’t typically get lonely. I enjoy the company of others, but I prefer to seek it out myself.

This photo is from my favorite spot in the forest. The city is just close enough to see it, but not close enough to hear. Perfect.

Although I don’t typically see many people in the forest, the woods themselves are full of activity. I can’t remember a time when I went into the woods and didn’t see an animal. Normally I run into deer, squirrels, snakes, and turkeys. They’ll disappear if they hear you, but if you sit long enough, they all come out in their own time. If you don’t move, the deer are especially tame. They’ll stare at you long enough to determine you’re not a threat, and then they’ll wander closer.

I’ve always enjoyed being outside by myself. The thing I like best about going home is being completely alone in the fields. I could spend hours out there, just walking and thinking. There are points on I-94 where you can park your car at night and not see a single light, from any car or house. It’s a little eerie, but absolutely awesome. Bonus points if you’re parked on a night with some Northern Lights.

I think everyone has a secret back up plan, should everything go completely awry. That fantasy where you pack everything up and move to the beach. My backup plan has always been to simply retire into the mountains of Colorado with my books.

The weirdest part about going back to working with other people will be the lack of privacy and time to just be alone. I might miss that more than not having to wear dress clothes. So no, I can’t tell you the first thing about daytime TV, but I can tell you everything about the woods.

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