I'm not sure if this is an acceptable thread or not, but do /out/doors men have any good philosophies or life lessons they have learned while /out/ which they can share.
I'm going on a 2 week outdoor trip all alone and I'm wondering what i might learn about myself and whether it will change me or I'll come back just the same.
You'll come back a happier more serene version of yourself. That always seems to happen to me when I go camping.
I'd suggest taking a copy of The Sand County Alamanc by Aldo Leopold and reading it while you're out there if you're interested in /out/ philosophy
you'll come back thinking you're some deep free thinking amaterialistic thoureau faggot who never shuts up about how great you are until after 2 more week back in the real world you'll be the same person you were before you left.
>implying you don't call it quits after 4 days of not having your mommy cook you dinner
i meet tons of people who think some casual adventure will make them reflect and fundamentally change who they are. then surprise! they stay the same. but feel free to keep lying to op about how in tune with mother gaia you are after that one time you though really hard about hiking the pct.
When i'm /out/ i hike a lot and sometimes get into a subtle trance like high comparable with runners high. I start to have circular thoughts, thinking about the same thing over and over again until it becomes unclear which is the cause of that particular thought and which is the result, and there arises some kind of intrinsic conflict. It doesn't give me answers to questions per se but it does give an opportunity to analyse and look at things from a different perspective, most of the times this will be a more confronting point of view because i'm spending so much time thinking about it. This also points out how important certain nuances of the topic are which at first may seem trivial. When I'm /out/ I miss certain things, especially human contact, music, general distraction and comfort. I till a certain extent i enjoy this, as it is part of the experience. Compare it with how no one likes to get punched in the face, yet a lot of people enjoy practicing martial arts. This also gives me the opportunity to look at what is important in my life and what isn't, or what shouldn't. I also contemplate about the beauty of nature, and the wildness of life in it. For example if i see a deer, i will question where it sleeps and how it experiences the night. I will fantasize and romanticize the harshness of its every day life, but at the same time i'm actually submerged in its environment so in a way its feels very tangible and real.
sure. just like they do at burning man. it like totally opens your eyes to like a new state of being, bro.
it can be a positive experience, but it's not transcendent. quit perpetuating that bullshit.
Don't have any expectations. Just do it and see what happens and how you feel. Self-actualisation or whatever it is you're looking for isn't something you can just trigger, especially not by just going outside for a bit one time. It also depends a lot on what kind of person you are right now, your mindset, how receptive/sensitive you are to certain things. Don't expect to be changed, or you almost certainly won't be.
I dunno, I'm just spouting bullshit and I'm sure OP isn't looking for spiritual transcendance but it pisses me off seeing people looking for their magic 'awakening' that will make them a better person. It's not that simple.
The earth is essentially good, even with all of the brutal things nature does. Human nature is natural, and the best sound ever is the sound of nothing.
Trust me, as a suburbanite, this will make sense after -or hopefully, during- your trip.
>the best sound ever is the sound of nothing
I've not solo camped before but im more than used to spending time totally alone.
Anyway I'm going to Scotland, its wild and harsh but realistically you're never more than 10 miles from humanity.