Hello fellow rewilld.info-ers!
long time reader, first time poster.
My name is Sarah and i hail from the glorious pacific north west. I am currently residing in Orange, Texas, which is right on the south eastern border of Texas and Louisiana. why would i make such a grievous error in judgment (moving from a place i had a life, friends, and support.. to.. well.. se texas) you might ask?
money and a job my friends. money and a job.
I am currently working at a nature center as an environmental educator, and for the most part, i enjoy my job. i would like to think that i am making a difference in the lives of the kids that i work with. its amazing how many of them dislike the outdoors, and ask when they can go home and play video games. i feel like i am struggling against this culture's destructive current and am losing ground. there is the occasional wonderful child that listens, knows things about the world around them, isn't afraid to play in the rain (seriously, kids here are AFRAID OF RAIN. if its starts to drizzle they all start clamoring to go inside... its strange to me..) and it's these kids that make my day. some of them still see the details in life.
i was introduced to the term 'rewilding' about a year ago by my good friend, peter, aka urbanscout. it was refreshing knowing that i wasn't alone in seeing how fucked up civ is and how there must have be a better way to go about things. knowledge of 'rewilding' as a movement/belief/culture thing/what have you hasn't necessarily changed the way i look at the world, it has enabled me to give a name and more clearly explain my worldview to others.
leaving the PNW has been very difficult for me, and i feel very alone down here in the south. my roommate is semi interested in what i have to say, but in the end i think she would rather just go party and listen to the top 10 hip hop hits of the day, not think about the destruction of EVERYTHING and be happy rather than "being so sad all the time". personally, i feel that i am very justified in my sadness for land, water, air, human and other than human entities alike.... i can't ignore all the fucked up shit that is happening around me...
if you live between houston and new orleans and are feeling similarly alone and without community, let me know and maybe we can drink yaupon holly tea and have a good ole fashion rant fest. i have some things i would like to get off my chest and i bet you do too.
ps - my cats are eating an avocado right now that they just dragged out of the compost.. is that weird?
also.. after re-reading what i have just written i sound like a bit of a downer. im buckets of fun usually... i promise.