Category Archives: Wild Movement
Today I made a connection…I just finished reading the book “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall. AMAZING!
It exactly describes how I often visualise myself – that joy and abandon I dream of, but have not experienced in a long time. I close my eyes and I can feel myself running, feeling like I am flying. I can feel the wind on my face and my lungs filling with life-giving air. There is a huge smile on my face and I know for certain I am free.
This is reclaiming my wildness. As in the book I have fought my whole life not to wear shoes, only putting them on if I absolutely have to. My staples are bare feet and thongs (flip flops) – the latter only if I have to be “respectable”. Even these get kicked off as soon as I cross the threshold into my home (or anyone else’s home for that matter hahahaha).
Time to get back to nature, or as close to wilderness as I can get living in a town. There are some great small hills near my home – great to begin my training. I am going to do step 1 – barefoot for the walking and minimal shoes for my learning to run.
Important that I do as much barefoot as I can (without the stress of running) while I get the responses in my feet rewilded, get my muscles working propyl and build my bone strength. I have a way to go to get from a soppy, under exercised slop to what I know is my birth right – a strong, agile, wild person – free spirited and in love with being alive.
Another day closer to releasing my wild….
Day 4. Topic of today is “what is your elevator pitch?” Damn. I have been sitting here for 10 minutes and nothing. A blank space in my normally overactive brain. Sooooo much to condense down to a few words. I am enthusiastic about way too many things…. OK I have two main goals (dreams):
- I want to green Australia from tip to tip. I want all farming to be fully sustainable and ecologically beneficial, get rid of salinity, fill and rewild every spare bit of land with plantlife (especially trees) and reclaim the deserts for farming, eco-tourism etc. I want Australia to be the world leader in ecological restoration, sustainable ecology-based farming and minimalistic culture.
- There is a massive ecological disaster (fully man-created) and the general consensus is that it is pretty much irreversible. The locations is the Aral Sea on the border of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The World Bank has funded some initiatives that have shown some promise, but a full-scale restoration is required. The impact goes well beyond the borders, and impacts glacial resilience and human health. My dream is to get the best in the world to work together to not only come up with a solution, but to implement all the initiatives and reclaim this dry salty desert, the communities and the wildlife. This is one area desperately in need of rewilding.
I want to be part of both of these. I would love to drive and promote and gather the great minds together. I would love this to be the legacy I leave for my children. A healthier world, people working together for the common good of our children and the future and a realisation that we are in fact capable of great things. Way too long for an elevator speech, will have to work on this one. Have to work out how to move my language (and actions) from dreams to creating this reality. Any ideas?
I have a big goal. A massive goal. I want to see the world repaired, every single ecosystem regenerated or recreated where it was totally lost. I want our planet to be in the best damn shape we can possibly leave it in for our future generations. “Be the change you want to see in the world” keeps ringing in my head. These are the changes I want to see…but how? I feel so tiny and the challenge so large, so I started a list of things I felt might kick start the change. I believe they only scratch the surface, but I have to start somewhere.
- Share my ideas and passion to anyone who will listen. Establish a movement /tribe. Gather all those like-minded people into one place online to share ideas and create actions.
- Develop the most amazing resource rich website ever to support others to be part of the change. Include themes such as rewinding, permaculture, beyond sustainable farming, fundraising, how to volunteer, how to establish a rewild group and many, many more. Have case studies, academic papers, practical instructions, guidance materials. Links to seed banks, other service offerings that support our change. A place for shared contribution, learning and support.
- Establish trial sites across the world and develop case studies and videos that show all the stages from start to finish and demonstrate what can be achieved.
- Establish Rewilders Inc – an international not-for-profit that provides consulting services and advice, assist with developing grant applications, implement restoration and rewilding projects. A company that attracts the best of the best. The big thinkers. A company that literally changes the world – one project at a time.
So, now to get from aspirational to actual. Not quite sure yet how to do that but change has to start somewhere and my personal journey starts here.
“Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Ghandi
i have the “what” – the “how” will find a way.
Are you a domesticated human? Routine. Living within self-made fences and boundaries?
The sad thing is that you don’t even need a real fence to keep be domesticated, you have either set these limitations yourself or allowed others to set them for you.
You know what is even worse, for many of you the fences aren’t even the main barrier to freedom. Do you work long hours at a desk or in an office environment – out of the sunlight and air? It can actually feel like you are in a cage or a box. Deprived of sunlight and movement. For many hours of the day you don’t get to breathe fresh air and your muscles are withering away. Your body is forgetting the joy of being wild. Over the generations, wildness is becoming just a lost idealism. Too many believe it can’t be regained. Not by going back to the past, but by creating a new vision for the future. The new generation enable themselves to be free.
Dream of how it would feel for the entire length of your being to be in full flight. Experiencing the movement of every muscle and fibre. Imagine what it would be like to run – not the boring methodical run of a domesticated runner. I mean, a full stride, joyous run in nature. Just running for running sake. Not for exercise, not because you think it will make you fit. Just because.
Do you feel the urge? Just run!