I’ve always loved hanging around in the woods ever since I was small, but with my life changing completely five years ago, I took on a whole new view on the forest surrounding us. I started to see and hear things in a way I never would have imagined. Listening to the sounds of the insects and animals all around is an experience in itself.

I like also that all this allows us to be able to tell more easily if there’s a big storm coming or not since whenever there’s one, it’s like nature itself shuts down during the storm, giving a whole new sense to the proverb “the calm before the storm”. In winter, it’s a whole new perspective. I sometimes feel like I’m running in the middle of a winter landscape painting when I look at how the snow and ice mould themselves on and around the branches and trees.

It’s a good escape place when I need to calm down or just need a few moments to myself. I’m glad I came across that small space in the woods. It allows me to have a space to myself where I know no one will bother me.

All this makes me think sometimes on how I wish I could have someone to share all this with, but I know that searching too much for someone to share our lives with is just like not searching at all… We could have the person meant for us right in front of us and never see it. I just keep on with my life and hope that the day will soon come while being thankful with the friends and family I have. With the holidays soon coming, maybe I’ll try to take some dead branches or logs and make something out of that for the people I care about. Put those tools Quil gave me to good use again.

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