I am going wild for the month of June (and longer!), and I am getting involved with nature - whatever the weather!. I know I'm wild already (not in that way!), but you can always do more. You can always learn.
'30 Days Wild'
I've always been wild, but I'm striving to be even wilder. Nature matters - it is one thing that is essential to all of us, wherever we are in the world, and whoever we happen to be. It's important to you, even if you don't yet realise it. And if you don't, it's about time that you did - before it really is too late. If I've had a long tiring day, or something bad has happened, or something is getting to me (and, in some cases, depressing me), it is inevitably nature that calms me down. Nature reassures me, and re-awakens my soul for tomorrow. There is a spiritual force that connects the natural world to you, and the more that you embrace it, the more that you can feel it, and the more that you will benefit from it. Have you ever 'hugged' a tree? There's no easy way for me to explain it, but 'hugging' a tree is one of the best ways to really feel that spiritual force. I'm sure that someone else will have another way to describe that idea, or may even disagree with it entirely, but I can only describe my own experience, in my own way. It's all any of us can do.
It must have been a couple of years ago now, that I first started walking home from work along by the river where I live. Not every day, but whenever I can. The river runs through the centre of town, and it's a wildlife habitat we're very lucky to have. One we should never take for granted. I've seen many animals in my time - Wrens, Swans, a resident Heron (which flies up and down fishing - I saw it catch an Eel once!), and even a family of Otters (although that was only the once). I suppose a lot of my 30 Days Wild will be undertaken along this river (I'll make room for other 'random wildness' where I can, work and time permitting), but it's worth noting that getting out into nature is what is most important - even in the same place, you always have a new and wonderful experience in nature (I know that I always do).
I stepped onto the 'Old Road Bridge' in the centre of town, and the first animals that I came across were two Black Headed Gulls, perched on the bridges' stone edge. I took a quick photo with my camera, and they quickly flew away, down over the river, as I walked passed. I carried down onto the path that lies 'between the bridges' and walked under the 'New Road Bridge', continuing alongside the flowing water, and towards the direction of home. A male Mallard was sitting amongst a bit of vegetation on the river, as though he was oblivious to the rapid current.
That was my 'Day One' of being wild.