Thank God I'm a country boy.


Jun 2 2006, 22h32

I grew up in a village, next to the dunes and it did have a forest with a history (a ritual druids hill, called the 'Kattenberg' which translates to 'Cat's mountain', but which was more like a bump over which you raced with your bike).
There were lots of nature resorts around as well.

In the summer we used to go adventuring; build rafts and cross oceans of imagination, make treehuts and were castaways, go fishing and catching Moby Dick.
In the winter we went ice-skating for enormous distances, often leaving before light and returning after dark.

We often 'trespassed' on farmers land or government reserves, but we always did so with respect to nature, as our dad has taught us.

That gave me the feeling that 'the world is as much mine as I want it to be'.

Somebody somewhere might have some papers saying that such-and-so property is owned by him-or-her, but nothing can stop me enjoying that piece of land.

Maybe from a distance, maybe on a picture, but the memories and joy are mine and can not be sold and can not be impounded.

And though we were not wealthy back then, my parents gave me quite a treasure for later years by just living in a sleepy village (which won 'Europe's greenest Village' once or twice).

Today, I am doing pretty well, but I have not forgotten that basic wisdom about enjoyment.
I live in a 'city' that is, in square kilometers, the largest city in the country, but in inhabitants it is somewhere in the lower middle of the list. That is because it has large nature resorts all around it.

There's a dyke, of which I love to go to the middle of.
Then I get out of the car and just look to all sides and feel the wind in my hair.

I love to go to the windmill parks and make quixotic remarks to the tall slender silent towers with their enormous arms.
Watching their silhouettes at sunset is almost watching a shadowplay with an everchanging backdrop.

Most likely I could be quite rich at this moment if I did not give away so much of my things to other people who can use them and/or enjoy them.

But how can I be any wealthier than now? I already have inherited the world, no matter what any cadastral paper says, no matter who's army occupies whatever spot.

Thank God I'm a Country Boy


  • LadyParadis

    So eloquently put, and I couldn't have worded it better. I too feel I am wealthy, because of the little things I have, can do, or have learned from the world. A teaching of appreciation for the small things does wonders. A drop of dew on a flower petal, the patterns of spider webs, watching the sway of barley in a farmers field, all moving in unison, watching lightning, things like that can distract me very easily, and I like to take time to enjoy them. Too many people walk past a tree, and it's a tree. I walk past a tree, and it is art, a sculpture. People are full of commercialism and materialism, they want all those nice gadgets (Who doesn't) but they lose sight of those easy laid back things, that can also be enjoyable. Things they forget to do, or plain forget about, because they are too busy with their high tech lives, that carve away more and more of those easy, stress free pleasures that are free for everyone to enjoy. Thank you for that post, it evoked some nice memories. Building camps, sliding down embankments on tin trays, swinging on a tyre strung over a tree branch, gathering chestnuts and roasting them on a campfire and freewheeling down a steep road on bicycle, feet off the pedals :)

    Jun 4 2006, 12h42
  • realpaladin

    You are most welcome, and thank you for your nice compliment. As for the gadgets and stuff, well I own (or should I say 'keep', because most of the time I give things away to someone else) quite a lot of them. But it is rather the experiencing the thing than the fact of owning it that makes me enjoy it. That is also why I like to give things away; to pass on the experience. The high-tech (I must admit, I am guilty of creating some of it for quite a lot of people) to me woul represent rather new ways of expressing myself or experiencing things on my terms. But I do see around me that people tend to focus on the means and not on the end; to enjoy life and [i]all[/i] it has to offer. As my dedication goes whenever I give a certain book to someone: Here's hoping we never grow up!

    Jun 4 2006, 13h32
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