When planning to go on an backpacking adventure for several months or even several weeks you have to take everything you own and find most near and dear with you. All of that must be placed in your backpack. The challenge is that you can only take what is necessary, what fits, and does not weight a ton. When doing this I began to find that many of my possessions became trivial or not needed and found having less stuff made not only moving easier but my life felt less cluttered. While finding out what was most important to me possessions wise I began to look at things differently. I started to do the same thing with memories emotions and the like. Things that bothered me in the past became trivial and let go. In doing so a clean feeling began to appear. A feeling that plants must feel after a nice gentle rain passes through.
Once on the trail and living out of a backpack weighing thirty five or so pounds full of all your worldly possessions you begin to notice that every little detail and memory you now take with you instead of trying to attach memories or feelings to possessions. Even the simplest things will amuse you, make your day, or even change your attitude completely.
Here are a few of my favorite simple things from the trail:
So many more could be listed here but these are some of my favorites. Others I will keep to myself and pull out when I need a nice pick me up. It really makes you think of what we take such things for granted in our “full of stuff cluttered lives”. We often forget that there are people out there that have far less and cherish far more. Remember it’s the simple things that will get you through and to hold on to them.
PS a great little song.