Importance of being close to Nature.
People’s wants are divided into luxury and necessity and it’s fascinating how if one thing is a luxury for an individual, it’s vice versa for someone else. This is something that I’ve learnt as an experience of my internship program at Bhandardara. Coming to this remote and authentic village of Bhandardara from the concrete jungle of Mumbai opened my eyes to a new perspective. The realization that humans that are just apart by 150 KMS are living a life like apples to oranges.
To start with the contrasting elements, Mumbai’s life is faster than Bhandardara. The population is always running up and down, some trying to get richer and richer and some to just fend for their families. On the other hand, at Bhandardara, I met a really warming local family, and the elders told me about their daily life. They go farming in the fields and return back by afternoon. The kids play around in the river and go fishing.
One weekend, I was hosting this South Indian family, the sweetest I’ve hosted till date. They were a family of four, two little boys and the couple. They were here for four days and experienced the best that The Yash Resort has to offer. They started with some indoor games and in the evening, they enjoyed the Tractor Boat ride and Tree plantation. As they passed by the village during the tractor ride, the Murli family kids were amused by the kids playing in the fields with tires and sticks. These are the kinds of games city kids have never played.
As we reached the backwaters, they got in for boating. While boating, I saw them looking out for birds. This was a little surprising for me how they knew all the species of birds passing by. Intrigued, I asked Mr. Murli about this hobby and we got into a conversation on life. Mr. Murli is a successful Chartered Accountant and Mrs. Murli is a doctor. When I told him I’m pursuing finance, he gave me a piece of advice. He said that you can be a really successful person in future, but always pick a hobby that keeps you connected to nature. A lot of thoughts came to my mind when he said those words and I started adding a lot of things up.
People who are more connected with nature are happier, feel more vital, and have more meaning in their lives. Today many children and adults suffer from nature-deficit disorder, reduced awareness and a diminished ability to find meaning in the life around them. Children no longer have the opportunity to play freely in nature, exploring fields or swimming in a stream, and there are fewer natural areas that are accessible. Children’s time is structured, their lives more protected as parents worry about stranger danger, and insect borne diseases and germs. And schools are increasingly cutting back on recess and field trips.
Children are healthier, happier, and perhaps even smarter and more creative when they have a connection to nature. Nature has positive effects on children with attention deficit disorder, asthma, and obesity, and being in nature relieves stress and improves physical health. Adults who work in spaces incorporating nature into their design are more productive, healthy and creative; and hospital patients with a view of nature from their window heal faster.
So, this is one learning that I will take back from the Murli family. To develop a hobby to get closer to nature, I don’t know what is the best for me yet so I’m trying out everything from taking treks to camping under the stars, little by little I am discovering myself as nature unfolds its marvels to me.