I’ve been way behind my posting schedule. It’s quite unlike me to delay an invite to a challenge. I’d like to start this post with an apology to Christina, from JUSTBLUEDUTCH, for participating in the Seven Day Nature Challenge — a month late. Christina lives in Kuwait with her Dutch husband and toddler daughter. She blogs about her expat life, travel, and life as a parent. Thanks for the invite, Christina. I wasn’t joking when I said I needed time. I do hope this post makes up for the lost time.
Have you ever visited a jungle? It breathes life. There’s no knowing, what’s lurking behind the tall blades of grass or hiding behind a dead tree. It’s hard to shake-off the feeling of being constantly watched. The feeling of haplessness is understandable.
As you walk deeper, into the dense thicket of trees, you might want to believe, you’re more familiar with your surroundings. The unease might slowly disappear. And the beads of perspiration might evaporate altogether. But, make no mistake. You have no natural ally here. Your ears aren’t attuned to the calls of distress. It’s easy to forget. You’re not the predator here. But, in all likelihood, you could be the prey.
After a few more anxious moments and wobbly, jelly feet — your eyes will stop seeing. And you will begin to watch with your ears. Every sound will have an vivid image. If you’re not careful — imagination might blind reality. And fear will cloud judgement. Is it dark already? Daylight was your last known companion. Perhaps, it’s a good time say goodbye and return to concrete jungle.
Here are the original set of rules for the Seven Day Nature Challenge. I’m going to tweak them a bit. Since, I don’t post more than thrice a week, I’ll reduce the number of days to three. I understand that many bloggers feel obligated to participate — once named. Instead, I’d like to invite anyone — who would like to participate — to take part in the challenge.