Appreciate the Little Things

Bright and early, 6:30a.m. You look at your phone and it says “Low Battery.” You become enraged because that cheap $2 charging cable with the heavy duty braid from Amazon was supposed to last you for the rest of your life, right? Once again, you’re now caught in the middle of another annoyance. “How stupid and inconvenient?!” you shout. We’ve all had these types of mornings. Starting off on the bad foot right out of the gate. These tiny sorts of issues used to drive me pretty damn crazy for most of my life. It took a lot of brain training and determination to learn how to let these little things go.

It all started a few years ago when my wonderful short temper would overtake my life far too often. A dirty dish right next to the dish washer would set me off like a damn firework on the 4th of July. I kept asking myself, “Why do these stupid little things have such a strong advantage over my life?” It became irritating in itself and I knew something had to change. I was tired of being angry most of my life and it was mostly over things I couldn’t control. Being outdoors and secluding myself started to bring such a powerful and new perspective to my life. After miles of hiking, hours roaming the woods and thousands of photographs later, it started to hit me. The animals and insects in our world deal with a lot worse circumstances than I do. Imagine being a tiny ant about the size of a pebble trying to navigate through life hoping to find daily shelter, food and water. We, as humans only have to walk a few feet just to find drinkable water, and we can also get our food delivered by pushing buttons! It’s quite magnificent realizing all of the possibilities we have in our daily lives. Everything is now instant gratification with no hard work necessary. We don’t need to worry about predators devouring us as we sleep (unless you’re camping by a Grizzly den, then good luck!) There’s a few things a lot of us tend to learn while camping or being outdoors, and that’s the feeling of gratefulness. After a weekend camping or a long day of hiking it really starts to put things in perspective. Fresh running water tastes like gold (iodine pills are far from delightful) and a hot shower warms your spirit with relaxation. You start to unwind at your cozy home and realize just how incredible your life truly is. Endless TV shows on demand, a pantry full of snacks and goodies, a comfy sofa for being lazy on and so much more. It’s easy to get caught up in the negatives, I fully understand that and I still have my moments like anyone else. But, in my opinion, one of the most important things in life is appreciating the little things and letting go of the uncontrollable annoyances.

The outdoors helped me change my perspective in life for the better. I don’t feel the need to waste my time and energy on social media when I can read an endless supply of classic horror stories and history books that I have collected. Or enjoy life’s quiet moments with no distractions. The little inconveniences in life I now see as tiny problems that need solutions. We should try to understand just how easy a lot of us have it. Yes, I’m fully aware that there’s many problems in the world. But, just be thankful you don’t have to spin a web for hours and try to play catch with bugs in order to get a meal for the day. So the next time you’re at a store with a long line, don’t get impatient. Take that moment and think about all of the things you’re grateful for, bite the tongue of negativity and carry on with your life because the grass is always greener even if you get caught in a little shit.

Find your solitude in nature.