Now I am an instructor for the state. When push comes to shove, this is not really a dream job either for an introvert. But, I love teaching and love what I do.
For example, I am literally exhausted after a day of (solo) teaching and that is not only because I stand in front of 20 to 40 folks and talk about stormwater or erosion and sediment control. I usually give it my all, faking being an extrovert and be out all the time. A recent student wrote on an evaluation: “Jan is dynamic and lively and the only person who is able to make a boring subject like stormwater and erosion and sediment control interesting and fun.” As my supervisors describes it, I leave it all out there. So, as you can imagine, when I am done teaching or interacting with people, I need to be alone, I am tired; for me I need that balance between human interaction and alone time, it is very important.
|Just to be out there, communicating with the trees, touching them, kissing them and through them, grounding myself with the earth. This is so calming and it gives me balance in life.|
But walking in the woods, just taking it all in, lingering among the trees, on or off the trail, exploring and absorbing nature is also very important to me. John Muir wrote: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
Nature is where we all came from isn't it? We may now live in our wooden, or concrete structures and move through the world in our iron carriages, but in the not so far distant history our forefathers lived of the earth and moved on foot through nature. They needed to be aware of their surroundings, the subtleties out there, otherwise they became saber-tooth tiger dinner.
One of the things that upsets me the most is that is seems that nowadays when a kid is naughty the parents punish them by shutting down their computer or X-box or take away their smart phone and sending them outside. In my days we were playing outside and punishment was going to your room. Going outside and into the woods should not be punishment, it sends the wrong message. But then on the other hand, breathing in the healing forest air may actually have calming effect on a kid or on people in general as I describe in some of my posts. It brings me down, lowers my adrenaline and helps me center after having to step out and be a whole day among people faking to be an extrovert.
|Just early in the morning, on my way to work I drive and sometimes stop by Yorktown beach to take in nature, the water and everything around it. This gets me ready for my day.|