Wilderness. It encompasses a lot of things and conjures up a lot of different images.
My version of wilderness is the Scottish Highlands, a true raw beauty which is hard to do justice on paper.
Being there, seeing it and standing amongst the mountains, you feel a truly awe-inspiring sense of purpose. It is inspiring yet humbling, rugged yet magnificent, loud yet quiet.
Experiencing the space of the Scottish Highlands, of the vast expanse of land it covers, of places some of us have never and will never get to visit is unique. To think that those mountains have stood for thousands of years before us and will be there long after we have gone. To think of the stories they must hold.
The wild makes us feel free.That’s why we are drawn to it. It takes us away from the stresses, burdens and speed of everyday life. It is a form of escapism.
We need it. We need this space to appreciate the beauty which is around us. It may not be one of the seven wonders of the world, but I would argue it is far better than any of those.
Recently, I have had a strong desire to go and be somewhere wild – perhaps a sign that I need a break, a chance to reset my internal rhythm. Yet, how often do most of us listen to this urge? Hardly. We plod on, burnout and end up over-worked and stressed out.
Take that time. Make the trip. Breathe in the air. Do nothing but walk, write, read, paint and rest. Allow it to recharge you, to bring you back to 100%.
The wilderness is nature’s best therapy. And it’s free.