As I sit outside in the garage this morning listening to the birds, watching the sun rise, and smelling the smells of outdoors it occurs to me that not everyone is able to spend so much time in nature.
To me, nature means the great outdoors. But it can also mean personality. As in, "It's not in my nature to do that."
What does nature mean to you? If it means the earth and all of her bounties, do you get enough of it? Do you love it or hate it?
I feel incredibly privileged to be in such close contact with nature. Yesterday I rescued a baby rabbit.
Today I helped a toad get out of the dog water. The poor thing was getting cold. As soon as I took it out of the water it goes away to find a dry spot.
I love being out in nature. I love the fresh air and the open sky. I love the trees and the birds. I don't love the biting and stinging insects. Those I could do without. I love to go barefoot and get my toes into the earth.
Going barefoot is difficult here because of huge stickers and cactus plants. I do love harvesting the prickly pear fruits to make cactus jelly! But I don't like stepping on or kicking them!
Unfortunately, I'm allergic to much of nature. Trees and grasses, cats and horses, feathers and wool. Everything I feel so privileged to be a part of. I take handfuls of pills to help with my allergies so I can continue to enjoy nature.
Some people believe we are born who we are and others believe we are shaped by our surroundings. This is called nurture versus nature.
A person can be nurtured (shaped) in a certain way to become who they are with their belief systems, thoughts, and skills.
But a lot of who we are is intrinsic. We are born that way. It is simply our nature.
It is in my nature to love the helpless. Whether it is older people or sick animals or human babies. When I see something or someone who is helpless, I want to be there for them.
It's just in my nature.
Some people seem bitter and angry. It is in their nature to always see the negatives in life. Whereas some people are always happy and delighted by life. It is in their nature to see the positives in life.
Are these people born this way? Have they been trained? Is it nurture or is it nature?
What is your nature? Are you lazy, happy, resourceful, goal oriented, mathematical, artistic, or creative? Do you always see the positives or do you struggle with the injustice of life?
This week's writing prompt is nature.
The rules are simple.
Write about nature
Write 100% original content
Write at least 600 words
Tag me @JonicaBradley
I hope to read more this week than last week. I'm still reeling a bit from all the grief, sadness, and caring for people. It might be in my nature to help the helpless, but it is also in my nature to run and hide and seek the comfort and peace of my own company.
This prompt series has taken on a live of it's own, so please, don't feel slighted if I don't get to read your post. I'm read as many as I can.
I have a poem that I'd like to submit for this writing prompt, but it's about 300 words - could I still submit it here?