By Mark Kenyon
I woke up this morning to a fog.
It’s not a literal fog though, it’s in my head. I can’t quite explain why, but lately I’ve been in a bit of a rut. My energy hasn’t quite been there, my motivation a little faded, my purpose a touch cloudy.
And I’m betting I’m not the only one who occasionally feels this way.
There’s a lot of folks, even today I imagine, stuck in a cubicle or a driver’s seat or in front of an assembly line, feeling a little foggy, their minds wandering, stuck in the same old same old, wondering if they should be doing something different, craving something more.
Human beings – you and I – we evolved into what we are now, over the course of many thousands of years, by way of surviving and learning from incredible hardships and challenges. You know the kind of stuff I’m talking about. Weathering blizzards while sheltered in a cave, fending off saber-toothed tigers with a pointy stick, hiking hundreds of miles across the plains and mountains in search of four-legged food and new places to call home. That’s what molded us, that’s the kind of stuff we were originally built to do.
But now, while physically still built the same, instead of doing that stuff, we’re sitting on the couch watching Game of Thrones, or copying and pasting expenses into a spreadsheet, or repainting the bathroom a new shade of blue.
There are a lot of boxes, deep inside us, that aren’t being checked these days.
And I think, maybe, that’s in part why some of us are still drawn to hunting. In the midst of the doldrums of a just-getting-by job or challenges at home or any other example of modern life drudgery, the hunt can tap us back into something we were made to do, both physically and mentally. It pushes the buttons that induce the most human of reactions and experiences. And for a short period of time it provides an opportunity for single-minded clarity of purpose. A goal and a set of actions needed to pursue it. A journey with a clear route forward. A real tangible challenge to sink our teeth into, with very real consequences and rewards.
In a world where the most adventure most Americans experience is through a television set and the greatest challenge faced is just getting through another day in the office – well, that’s a world in which a lot of us are left craving something … different.
So yea, I might be a little off at the moment. But fortunately for me, and many others, there’s a simple way to re-ground ourselves in something real and visceral and purposeful and human.
It’s time to go hunting.