Escaping the loop

The return to nature

Travel journal: Day 108

It’s day 108, I’m somewhere in the middle of a farm in Bali, gazing at the beautiful Milky Way stretching along the night sky filled with an ocean of stars, it’s mesmerising, feels like a dream, is this even real I ask myself?

It’s 1 a.m and I’m listening to the crickets sing, a rooster won’t shut up in the back of the garden, but who cares I got used to him doing that, he wakes me up every now and then. Back in my country they usually start singing in the morning, but maybe this one’s a different kind of rooster, some sort of midnight rooster, and if this wasn’t weird enough he’s actually singing from a tree where he sleeps, except he’s not sleeping now. All this feels new, it’s crazy how things change, a few months ago I wouldn’t imagine myself sleeping in a house in the middle of a farm.

The loop

Going back in time, it’s February 2015 and there I was, planning my escape, hoping for the best and being super excited for the trip I was going to take around Asia. It’s my first long trip away from home since 2007 when I ventured 3 months in the USA, which was one of my first experiences with a different culture. Since then I started traveling more, I explored Europe but never ventured very far from Europe for long periods of time. But now after 8 years of staying in the same city, I had to do this, I had to do it for me, I had to escape “the loop”.

Every now and then I get the feeling that I need to change something, to escape the loop this society gets me into like a powerful wormhole. It’s easy to get distracted nowadays, you go on with your life, you work your ass off, days go by faster and faster, and by the end of the day you realise you haven’t anything meaningful, and that day is gone forever, there’s no rewind. The issue with us humans is that we let our lives pass before our eyes, we don’t stop and listen anymore, most of the time we just go with “the loop” on fast forward.

By now you’re probably expecting me to say “I quit my job and started traveling”, well I didn’t, I just started traveling. I was lucky enough to have that kind of job that allowed me to work from anywhere, so I just reduced my hours to part-time and started planning my escape.

The Escape

What I realised these couple of months of traveling is that nature is one of the elements that can get you out of the loop, and you don’t need to go that far to escape. The only thing is that we need to pay attention, to listen to what mother nature has to say, to become a better observer.

Since I began traveling I started to live more, be more present, it’s like all my senses augmented themselves, you can catch me looking at the clouds early in the morning, listening the waves on the beach, admiring the night sky and really felling in love with nature. All this wouldn’t have been possible if I were still in the city, where the night sky is non existent, where nature is either artificial or polluted by people and their machines.

I realised that man belongs to nature, and only by returning to nature he can discover himself, he can become whole again, so what are you waiting for, go out and explore.