Every year in recent history (with the exception of 2020), my family has gone on a camping trip. We’ve been to Zion, Joshua Tree, Redwood National Park…
This summer, we explored Kings Canyon National Park. Besides being in beautiful nature, I was forced to UNPLUG—in a good way.
Here are lessons I learned while being out in the wild, which can apply to both my life and my writing:
It’s OK to not be virtually “on” all the time
The pressure of needing to document everything passed as I settled into camping. And, honestly, people didn’t even notice I wasn’t on social media.
Swap out the “urgent” for the important
Sometimes I feel like I need to respond to all requests right away. Out in nature, I got to really focus on the significant moments instead.
Soak in the experience
I discovered moments of awe and immersed myself in them. Taking the time to feel my emotions and observe better makes for being present—and possibly for more vivid descriptions and feelings in my writing.
Relax the body
This was the first time we hung up a hammock. There was something really nice about being on vacation and taking a break. Relaxation leads to emotional well-being—and I’m sure resting my body and brain will result in better writing.
Shake it up
Camping offers a complete change of scenery. Whether it’s the startling setting, friendly campers, or encounters with wildlife, the outdoors fuels my creative spirit.
How and why do you unplug?