One of the biggest problems that our society faces today is the rampant consumerist culture that is so incredibly pervasive in the mind of ordinary citizens. People think that need to keep buying things that they have absolutely no use for or they think that as soon as the latest and greatest gizmo gets released that they have to have it. This leads people to waiting and fighting in lines to buy a new cell phone or computer when they already have two sitting at their houses that work perfectly well.
The problem is that we have become more concerned about what we have than what we are and where we come from. How often do you hear about people just sitting back and enjoying the natural outdoors without talking about posting pictures of it on Instagram? I almost never do. We need to go back to a time when people cared for each other, for family, friends, and communities, not just the technologies that are in their pockets.
This weekend I reached a critical mass of sorts and had to get out in the great outdoors to experience nature first hand. I have been cooped up in the city doing work projects and traveling with my coworkers that I haven’t been able to get outside and truly take in everything that nature has to offer. That’s why first thing Friday after work I grabbed the ultimate bug out backpack list and got ready to hit the campsite. My bug out bag is a survival gear bag that I have assembled through the years for everything that I need to just get out of town and go into nature. It has food, water, shelter, anything that I need.
When you’re outdoors in the elements, taking in the beauty of mother earth, you really forget about all of the worries and meaningless troubles that we all face on a day-to-day basis. I mean, what good is the new iPhone when you can’t eat or drink? Luckily for me, my urban survival bag review has everything that I need for going out on a camping trip over the weekend.
My favorite part of camping trips is the nighttime. Getting a tent all set up and building a small little fire for warmth, then looking up at the stars. You don’t get views like that in the city—literally. In the city, there is so much light pollution, that you wouldn’t be able to see the starts if you wanted to. If it’s not too buggy out you can just lay there for hours looking into the night sky. It really is majestic.
My only regret is that I couldn’t stay out there longer. Unfortunately I have to be back at work on Monday, but hopefully in the next month or two I will be able to schedule a weeklong camping trip where I can get my fix of survival and outdoor adventure. I hope to a bunch of hiking, maybe some kayaking, and even make a fire by the riverside. That’s the beauty of nature! You can do whatever you want and the world is open for exploration. You just have to let it speak to you.