Moving Too Fast

In today’s society, everything moves fast with little time to stop and think. People are going from one activity to the next in such a rush they don’t take any time to think and look around. I also have noticed myself doing this. I’ll be in such rush to go from point A to point B or complete task A then task B that I forget to stop and just actually look at what I’m doing and take in the surrounding area. I believe that society has changed so much from what it used to be. When the Indians were around they took time to do things in a simpler way. This is something I believe we should look on with envy.

As Berry states in “An entrance to the woods”, “But my mind is still keyed to seventy-miles an hour. And having come here so fast my mind is still busy with work.” (721). This is a large problem that plagues today’s society. People want to move fast and get things done fast. They want to drive as fast as they can to get somewhere. Even Berry admits that he does this. He feels as though he is still busy with work when in reality he is at a campsite in the woods. I can relate in the sense that when I am driving somewhere I am speeding there; trying to weave in and out of traffic to get to my destination. Why would I do this? I am in no rush, I have no deadline. I can simply take my time and enjoy the ride. Of course, I don’t. like so many others I am in a “natural rush”. If you were to travel to New York City and simply watch all the people and cars you would notice one common thing after a while. The majority of people are in a rush to get somewhere. You would see people rushing to work, speeding and honking at others in cars, and others speed walking while on their phones. This is what society has taught us; you need to be going fast and getting things done fast.

This weekend when I was driving from my house to visit a friend at Bloomsburg university I noticed my speed was between 70-80mph. I suddenly slammed on the breaks to a mere 40 mph and asked myself, “Why am I rushing?”. I look out the window and stop to notice the landscape and the surrounding area. It is a perfectly sunny day with huge white puffy clouds in the sky and green everywhere. I noticed lush mountain landscapes and a few trees starting to change from green to fantastic shades of orange, yellow, and red. It was a sight to behold. The drive then changed from me staring intently at the road and the speed limit postings to a joy ride. I was immediately lost in the drive. People began passing me in the dotted yellow as I am staring out the window of the truck taking in the view thinking to myself, “They are in such a rush that they are missing out on so much.” Overall, I really connected with what Berry was saying and applied it to my life. Sometimes you just need to slow down and enjoy the ride.

 

Berry, Wendell. “An Entrance to the Woods.” Recollected Essays, 1965-1980, North Point Press, 1981, pp. 718–728

 

 

My Understanding of the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Semester has opened me up to many new things as well as views on the Bay. I have experienced so much in a mere two weeks that has taught me a lot. From exploring St. Michaels and the maritime museum to canoeing down the Chester River, I feel as though I have learned so much. It has opened up my eyes to nature in the Chesapeake in a fuller way. I have always loved being out in the woods where you can do whatever you want and that feeling of being “lost”. That feeling is something I am always chasing and the Chesapeake is the perfect place to just fall back and experience that feeling of being “lost” in a timeless place.

This feeling of being “lost” in nature is one I would like to expand on. For years’ humans have had this feeling of getting “lost” in nature. You can clearly see this from the vast poets such as Frost, Thoreau and many many more. I believe Burroughs has this feeling as well. From his many nature walks that he discusses in great detail too his pure fascination and love of being outside. He goes on into detail of all his experiences in nature and this too me is the epitome of getting “lost”. He is so enthralled with everything that he witnesses that I would go as far to say he is like a young child observing, playing, and learning. To me this is how you can truly connect and feel “Lost”. As Burroughs says “Contemplation and absorption for the one; investigation and classification for the other. We probably all have, in varying degrees, one or the other of these ways of enjoying Nature” (147). This too me is also very important. Everyone has their own way of loving and enjoying the beauty of nature. There is no right or wrong way to do it, only you can find out how you enjoy it.

The Chesapeake Bay is a vastly large body of water that I wish I could say I know a lot about. I only know so much about the Chesapeake such as limited knowledge on hunting, fishing, boating and some other historical information from readings, museums and personal experiences. There is just so much to the bay and all the systems working in and around it. This includes man made systems to natural systems that have been working for many many years and seem to always be changing. These changes in the natural systems have many direct impacts on the man-made systems such as fisheries and other industries. These systems are just the tip of ice berg when it comes to the Chesapeake. The vast amount of animals, vegetation and support the Bay provides for millions of organisms (including humans) is almost inconceivable. There is always so much happening from governmental undertakings to the private industries the bay provides services for. This doesn’t even start to account for the ecosystem services the bay provides which with a labeled price tag would account for billions of dollars. Overall the Chesapeake Bay is a wondrous place with so many different things happening.

Burroughs, John, and Charlotte Zoë. Walker. The Art of Seeing Things: Essays. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2001. Print