Until recently, I had never heard the term rewilding. Over the past few years, I started to see articles trickling across my newsfeeds that talked about rewilding. I was intrigued. Rewilding has a few different definitions, some more technical than others. Scientists, such as conservation biologists, use the term rewilding to describe the process of reintroducing plants or animals into areas where they once thrived. People like me use the term to describe the experience of stepping out of our urban setting and back into nature. If you want to read a really great book about rewilding, check out Rewilding Our Hearts by Marc Bekoff.
For me, rewilding is important for a number of reasons.
- Nature is awesome and there is so much cool stuff to see and learn and experience.
- Being outside feels great.
- Being outside is good for you.
- It helps to remind us that we are a small but important part of something much bigger.
Many of us live busy lives in busy cities. We don’t really have a choice but to immerse ourselves into our urban environments (which are also pretty amazing). It often feels like rewilding is impossible between getting to and from work, driving our children places, and getting regular errands done. Here’s the cool thing about nature. It is everywhere. Rewilding doesn’t mean trekking through the woods for weeks at a time. It is about starting to pay attention to nature all around us and our role in it.
Even the most die-hard city slicker can rewild without changing much about their regular routine. Pay attention to the trees that line the street to your office. Notice how they look at different times of the day or during different seasons. Listen to that bird doing some old school tweeting. How does it sound? Can you hear another bird answering?
Nature has so much to teach us about the world and ourselves. Connection with nature isn’t just for hard core outdoor enthusiasts. It is for everyone and it is accessible to everyone. I’m a city girl in her thirties who is discovering all this for the first time. I don’t know much about nature but I know that understanding it and protecting it is too important to ignore.
Rewilding is the beginning of something that can help to positively affect your health, your relationships, and your perspective. From there, it will positively impact the world around you. It’s time to rewild!