With a three year old daughter, and a son who is one, sharing is a word that is getting some use in my household. Attempting to teach this concept to my children has given me the opportunity to reflect on what it truly means to share with the individuals that surround us in this world.
The list of things we can share is nearly endless. An individual can share his or her time, money, possessions, wisdom, and so on. However, something I have been coming back to lately is sharing experiences.
My daughter has already in her short life provided countless opportunities for us to share experiences. She, much like her father, has a wild heart. She craves adventure, is extremely curious, and her soul craves to participate with the natural world around her. I call her my “Wildling.”
We spent much of this last summer outdoors. My daughter and I ran down trails near the pond outside of our hometown, we stayed out past bedtime fishing for pan fish with her “Frozen” fishing pole, and we explored parks and playgrounds all over the state.
As my daughter and I explored the outside world, something unintended happened. I fell back in love with the outdoors through her.
I didn’t realize it, but somewhere along the way I had forgotten how much I enjoyed spending time with my natural world. However, seeing it all again through her eyes wiped the dust off of the lenses I had been wearing for far too long.
Maybe like me, you have also forgotten the love you once had with the wild. If so, I challenge you to reignite your passion by sharing an outdoor experience with someone. The individual you choose to share with doesn’t have to be someone as new to the outdoors as my daughter was. In fact, maybe you share the wild with the very person who introduced you to it in the first place. The goal in the end, is simply to share.
I am forever grateful to my Wildling for sharing her experience with me. It has reignited the passion I seemed to have lost along the way. If your fire for the beautiful natural world around us has started to dim, I hope that sharing will allow you to fall in love again.
Author: Will Lytle, outdoor enthusiast, veteran, and father