The Novelty Of Nature

Novelty enriches all who seek it by making life as fresh and exciting as it was when we first began. It allows us to expand our awareness of a variety of topics that pique our interests. Novelty ensures that no two moments are ever the same. Think of that statement and why it feels so refreshing to be out in nature than to spend the same amount of time in the city. What comes to mind when you think of a stream of water? Is it ever changing? Is it peaceful? Has it been there forever? If you agree to those things then it shouldn't surprise you when I tell you that you are a product of your environment. Alan Watts once said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that: "When you look out (into nature) you are seeing the real you." So, in essence, what I am trying to tell you is that for those brief moments when you are out in nature you may understand what it is like to be God.

That's not to say that you can't go out and look at a man-made structure and feel awe in its presence but at some point that awe fades and then buildings are no longer as impressive as they used to be - it is no longer new. Buildings aren't as impressive the second time you view them for the same reason that a joke isn't funny the second time you hear it. Buildings don't sway in the wind and their patterns aren't (for the most part) irregular. You don't expect a building to change when you look at it a second time.

If you're like me and you love the internet then it should be no surprise that it's because you seek new experiences. In fact, there's never a moment (while you're awake) when you're not looking for new experiences in some way or another. Being in nature is just the easiest way to do it. But then again even nature can get old and two experiences are never the same. That's the beauty of it. Every day you have is different, every time you eat icecream it's different. If you eat a different icecream a second time and it tastes the same it's still different. Emotions always change too and are like flavours, there's no reason to avoid any of them because they add variety to life.

So, don't be afraid to try something new and if you are afraid then you should be.
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Sep 7, 2012