Food for the soul

Today, I spent some time with my soul…


The last two weeks have been quite tough for me. What had promised to be a holiday full of opportunity and happiness turned out to be really tiring and testing as well. I had planned to do so much; meet many friends, spend quality time with my family, start getting back into shape and of course, writing plenty of blogs. I realized that two weeks is too little time to be able to do all that comfortable. So, I had to prioritize. And on top of everything, one of my wisdom teeth decided it would rather place itself horizontally rather than vertically, and I had to endure horrible pain as it kept pushing at my jaw. In the end, it was extracted and I spent a whole week not being able to talk, under severe medication and some more of that promise in the holiday was lost…

More than anything, what annoyed me was that I was not able to write. Writing was soothing for me, but what do you do when you don’t have the energy to do what soothes you? I was muddled and lost, blog-wise. This wasn’t a diary-blog or a personal blog that I could write anything about; I had targets! So, I took a break. A pretty long one.

I came back to my campus, thinking that classes will give me the inspiration I sorely needed to write. That wasn’t the case. Among other things, the classes were really dull and I was as lost as ever…

Today, being a weekend, I decided to treat myself. I love hot chocolate, so I went off to a coffee shop with a friend and ordered my favorite. After that, we decided to take a walk in our campus. The weather was pleasant; not too cold unlike the last few days but not too sunny that it gave you a headache. We found a patch of grass, on which we sat down. Soon enough, we were lying down…

We didn’t talk. We didn’t need to. And suddenly, things just began to clear up. I heard the birds for the first time in weeks. They were small humming birds, I’m guessing. They were fluttering about in the air and their music gelled well with the rustling of trees and the crackling of dry grass under my hands. The air was cold, but smelt great. I gulped lungfuls of fresh air….and my mind began to clear….

Another walk through the forest made me realize what I was missing. My escape, my inspiration was not the stuff I was studying in my classes. It was there, around me. The answer to my muddle was not travelling or reading or taking a break after all. I was simply….starving. Not my body, but…something more. I needed to do what I’ve been telling you to do in some of my blogs:

Spend quality time in nature.

Because nature is more than animals and birds. It is more than landscapes and feedback cycles. It is more than climate change and wildlife conservation. It is food, for your soul.

nature के लिए चित्र परिणाम

Author: Saurab Babu

Usually found sitting with a good book, nibbling on a piece of dark chocolate. Always ready for a good story.

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