I always said to myself when I have children I am going to show them the world! In todays economy they have become adapted to seeing the world through a phone screen, computer, or television. I don’t want this habit to become the norm for my kids. I want to raise Aspen showing her the wonders this world has to offer. I want to teach her through sight, touch, and smell. I want her to grow up with an enormous desire to explore and see new things with her own two eyes, not a phone screen. Don’t get me wrong she loves her morning cartoons with Mickey Mouse Club and Puppy Pals, what kids don’t? We allow this for only a few more short days until we turn off our cable. Not because we can’t afford this luxury, but because we would rather use that money to travel more, take more hikes, camp, do things with Aspen that allow her to be apart of nature. Don’t worry y’all she still has her movies to watch every once in awhile.
With all that said she is a 5 month old baby who has already been on 2 hiking day trips. Yes you heard that right, we took our baby up a mountain and boy did she enjoy it! Some may read this and think we are crazy to do such an adventure, but I heard this quote the other day and it stuck with me so deeply. ” Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” I understand the meaning of this, but I am referring to the literal aspect of helping them climb their mountain. Nature is a soul cleanser, a refresh button from reality. When work gets hard, or life throws yet another curve ball I challenge you to go outside be in nature, hear the sound of the world how is was created, breath that air, listen and absorb everything.
“Keep close to Nature’s Heart, and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”