Often times they way one used to do things was likely the most intimate.
I have noticed as I have become older I have become more risk adverse, have an increased desire to feel comfortable, and of course safe. In some respects this is a good thing. Most obviously I now have something to lose, I have skin in the game. I have also worked very hard and feel just a bit entitled to a certain level of comfort.
Its that entitlement that can cut both ways. As much as I should enjoy the fruits of my labor I instead find ways to squander them shopping on Amazon or watching TV.
If you have read this blog before you know this is an active struggle that I often sway from one extreme to the other on. That is what I like the most about this blog, its messy. I am not some polished blogger trying to trick you with an overly rosy picture of a minimalist life so you fall into my advertising trap. I am just a flawed guy doing the best he can.
Balance is an all consuming goal for me. Even though I should be able to enjoy some time doing things I love and I know I will enjoy, I just don't. Do you ever feel like this?
Intimacy is important in everyday life. Intimacy for me are those quiet moments of introspection that allow you to shape yourself. I realize I don't have enough of those. As a step back in the right direction I have decided to spend this summer recommitting to an old hobby that used to provide bountiful opportunities for introspection and was innately minimalist.
15 years ago one of my favorite hobbies was Bushcraft. For those of you who don't know what this is Bushcraft is a form of minimalist wilderness activity. Basically it is packing as light as possible and being in nature with as little barrier between you and the outdoors as possible.
Bushcraft is not camping you are not paying for a campsite, bringing an RV, or even loading up on hundreds of dollars worth of REI gear. People who are really into bushcraft pride themselves on spending as little as possible for their gear and have very little gear to begin with.
I have decided to throw together a ultra low cost pack using what I have and purchasing as little as possible to head out into the woods a few times this summer. There is a state forest near by that allows "primitive camping" with no facilities for free.
As part of this I am going to spend a few posts going over bushcraft and sharing my process as I try my hand at it once again.