Are You an Opportunist?

Are You an Opportunist?

by: Lexi Hall
Opportunist: a person who exploits circumstances to gain immediate advantage rather than being guided by consistent principles or plans.

Not too often do we take the time to reflect on the boundless opportunities that nature surrounds us with each day. Everywhere we look nature is there to embrace, heal, and inspire us. We are all unique individuals living in unique environments so of course our opportunities are unique to us too. Our connection to others and the natural world is something we all develop on an individual basis. Whether it’s a stroll in the park by yourself or a backpacking trip in Arizona with an organized group, nature always has this way of providing deeper bliss in all of our lives. Some just lose sight of this over time. By interacting with the natural world, we can reconnect to what really matters to us and truly appreciate the connectivity of this magical life.
To be able to have these kinds of impactful experiences with the outdoors, it takes conscious effort to make it happen. It is not always easy to find time, money, or resources to make ideas come to fruition when it comes to outdoor recreational activities. Were you ever gifted an opportunity to do something in nature? Do you remember what it felt like to partake in that activity? For many of us, these questions take us back to our childhood. As children, it is so important to have exploratory interactions with the natural world to learn and grow properly. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods says, “We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” Memories we have of running around the neighborhood, going to a lake or playing at a park are memories that are forever rooted in our beings. That laughter, excitement and joy we felt in those moments imprinted on our hearts immediately. Organizations like The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Boys and Girls Scouts of America, Outward Bound and so many others work to provide youth with opportunities they otherwise wouldn’t have. As adults, we sometimes forget how easily we can have these similar interactions while also attending to our daily responsibilities. The beautiful thing about life is that transformative experiences, like the ones of our youth, never escape us even as we age. That is, if we don’t allow it to.
Have you recently provided yourself or someone else the opportunity to feel Mother Earth’s healing embrace? Some may ask where do I turn to find these opportunities, while others say they do not know how to provide opportunities for others. I say, take 30 minutes out of your day to find groups around you that offer workshops, classes, or events surrounding your personal interests. Join those organizations or clubs on their next adventure; if you can’t find any groups that exist then create your own! You are the pioneer of your life and anything is possible with effort and passion. Chances are, if you are interested in doing something, there are others that feel the same way too. Become a volunteer at a nature center, nonprofit, or school where you can share your passion with the youth of today. Companies like DNK provide individuals the opportunity to nominate women in their life that deserve an opportunity to rediscover their true essence, recharge their energy levels and recommit to living their life fully simply through their interactions with the natural world. In fact, you can nominate women right now so go for it! There are so many ways we can share our bliss and the blissful experiences that nature has to offer us. This world wouldn’t be like it is today if people didn’t create opportunities for themselves or take advantage of opportunities that crossed their path. You can be one of those inspiring individuals too! Next time you look in the mirror, tell yourself, “Let’s do this thang!”

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