“People need wild places. Whether or not we think we do, we do. We need to be able to taste grace and know once again that we desire it. We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at a pace of [speciation and] glaciers. To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours; and none of which could possibly care less about our economic status or our running day calendar. Wildness puts us in our place. It reminds us that our own plans are small and somewhat absurd. It reminds us why, in those cases in which our plans might influence many future generations, we ought to choose carefully. Looking out on a clean plank of planet earth, we can get shaken right down to the bone by the bronze-eyed possibility of lives that are not our own’. — Barbara Kingsolver from “Knowing Our Place”.
So, my advice today — Some time this week, do what you do with wild abandon and unbridled joy. Whether it’s doing jumping jacks and running, or sitting quietly and reading a book, or cooking dinner for your family, or hiking a new trail, be carefree in what you do. For just one day, live among the Wild Things, like Max.