Nature doesn’t care about our gender, how we dress or what bathroom we use; nature provides us a safe space where we can be free to live without being evaluated, and we can be ourselves without judgment. The outdoors lifts our anxieties of existing in a binary gendered world, and shows us how beautiful the world truly is.
Unfortunately, even in this modern day society, there are those who fundamentally feel a sense of entitlement, ownership, and control over who the great outdoors belongs to. Nature is a right and no one has the authority to decide that any one particular group doesn’t deserve access to publicly accessible locations or doesn’t belong there. Yet it happens way more often than we would like think it does. As a Black female camper, there are unique considerations and precautions that have to be taken to ensure safety.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to explore our intrinsic connection to Earth’s natural spaces and their life enhancing effects on our holistic well-being. Over the past 100 years or so, humans have gradually slipped away from those connections; we have exchanged a life reliant on the land for one of convenience in urban settings, and we’re… Read More