I was raised in Stavanger, a city on the west coast of Norway. The city itself isn’t that special, but not far away a scenery like in the photo above isn’t rare.
Growing up in Stavanger made it easy for me to take nature for granted. It wasn’t that I didn’t care about nature or anything, I was just to busy with my lifestyle in the city. I also lived with my mother who wasn’t a big fan of going for hikes or anything so it wasn’t like anybody pushed me out the door.
After high school I spent a year in the Navy, and it wasn’t until then I started realizing how important the beauty of nature was to me. We sailed along the coast of Norway from down south till all the way up in the north, and the scenery was breathtaking. I honestly hadn’t thought much about nature in my country before this trip, but when I got home from the Navy I straight away felt the urge to explore more. I already knew that just a short drive away from Stavanger there was many places to go see, fjords, waterfalls, mountains and beaches. It didn’t take long before I started to go for hikes outside of the city and it made me feel great. I love how you can get away from all the chaos in the city to somewhere quiet and peaceful.
Looking back now, just staying in the city and totally forgetting about the nature surrounding us is something I don’t wanna go back to. I have to say, though, I still think it is at times hard to remember to enjoy nature because of this super busy urban lifestyle we live in.
It is important that we do appreciate what is out there and don’t forget that we are a part of nature, and not apart from it.
Just by seeing a picture of simple nature, I get hit by a sudden urge to run through the monitor in that place and run around, laugh, live, and breathe, as if that place is calling me…