People go camping for different reasons – as a hobby, as a form of family bonding, vacation, etc.
I thought I have encountered all reasons there is as to why people go on camping trips. However, recently, I was able to add another reason to the list, and that reason, I got from a family who went camping because they want to spend a few days in the woods before moving in to their newly purchased home.
At first I found it weird. Usually, people are excited to move into a new home. Found out that they got a real estate agent from Keller Williams Real Estate, and this agency’s reputation is enough for me to conclude that the new place is surely great and beautiful.
So the reason really intrigued me and so I asked them about it. The father calmly replied that they do not just do it because they are moving into a new house, but that they always do it whenever the whole family has to embark on a new journey.
Camping, he shares, is his family’s way of reconnecting with the old, and a great way of being reminded of the old times, and of how happy life could be, even with the most simple and natural things. It is their way of reminding themselves about where life begins, which they strongly believe begins with nature. Thus, before moving into the new house, which is a big point in their lives, they decided to reconnect with nature and enjoy the simple things.
This philosophy really got me. I was amazed at how something so simple could mean so much to a family. It was ultimately one of the most unique reasons why people engage in camping. It not only gave me a new perspective in life and a new way to appreciate this job that I do, but it also gave me an idea to follow in the future, should me and my family every decide to change course.
It reminded me that nature is always something beautiful to look back to, as well as look forward to. I asked them if they have done the feat many times, and indeed they did. Before getting married, after marriage, when they decided they want to have a baby, a few months after having their first born, when the man of the house decided to shift jobs, when his wife decided to become a full-time mother, when they decided to have a second child, and so many more times. They share that the experience not only helped them be firm in their decisions in life, it also reminded them that whatever they do in this life, they are reminded that things will end great for them, no matter the struggles they have to go through to reach it.
Indeed, this was such a humbling and inspiring story for me, and hopefully, everyone reading now will feel the same way.