There’s a collection of trails not far from my house that wind through a deep forest and up a large hill. As a kid I used to go there all the time as a kind of escape from whatever was going on in my life. I know every single trail by heart. How it looks, where it leads… but after a certain point I stopped going there. Thinking about where to go for my walk, this place came up in my mind. Walking down each trail, the memories of what I used to go there to escape from resurfaced. The whole time I was there, I didn’t see a single other person so it was a very personal, reflective kind of walk. After a little bit, those memories began to fade and I started thinking about the original purpose of this walk; to reflect on the environment. There’s nothing that I really do to combat the pain of environmental degradation but when you really think about it, it’s a depressing topic. But I do think that such a walk is great for any kind of pain. The self reflection that you go through while being alone in a forest helps to get a new perspective on what is happening in your life and it clears your mind.

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