I imagine if a tree could give advice, it would go a little something like this:
- Stand up tall and proud
- Go out on a limb
- Always remember your roots
- Drink plenty of water
- Be content with your natural beauty
- Enjoy the view
I don’t think many people would consider what I’m about to explain to you a – normal – conversation.
Tree’s have always been a huge part of my life. I can name over 50 different species and variants; most of their Latin names off the top of my head too. The years of my life that I’ve spent walking, hiking, running, camping, and exploring the woods with a child-like wonder; have led to some pretty surreal moments.
In my eyes, tree’s are extremely meticulous and calculating. The way you see one twisted and bent after so many years of trying to reach all the warmth of the sun; it astounds me. Even the slowest moving creatures in this world get there eventually. What’s left is a crooked spine of an old great being. It’s almost like seeing your life flash before your eyes. Here me out on this one. To see the tree in it’s twisted non-conformist self, would reveal the road map to their past. Every crack and buckle, new growth or disease. You can see where these mighty beings have bled for the sake of survival.
Everything they do is to live. From their deep shooting roots that anchor them to cliff-sides. To the wide sprawling branches gathering as much energy from the sun as possible! I make the argument that tree’s are more like humans than we realize or acknowledge. (I could be biased here or something, haha) For example: We just as tree’s cannot choose what we grow into. The tree’s seed falls every year and get’s drifted far and wide. Caught in winds, or carried by animals, tree’s don’t chose where to grow. But if the conditions are right they will, and at a wild attempt at continuing and protecting their own life they usually thrive. The same case could be made for humans. We don’t choose what family, money, power, status, or whatever background we are birthed into. We only try to make the best of it to survive.
Tree’s are a huge part of our lives. (Pun intended) Trees are the longest living organisms on the planet and one of the earth’s greatest natural resources. They keep our air supply clean, reduce noise pollution, improve water quality, help prevent erosion, provide food and building materials, create shade, and help make our landscapes look beautiful. A single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year. That means two mature trees can supply enough oxygen annually to support a family of four!
You can call me a tree huger, hippie or a whole host of words but the facts are there. Love your tree’s, our lives depend on them.