Nature can be intimidating: large trees with crowns as high as buildings, mile long rivers carving their way trough marble rocks and winds as sharp as Ginsu knives. We can’t win against nature, maybe it’s that what makes it so beautiful. Vast massive landscapes can take your breath away, but it also can make you feel tiny and non-essential.
When something is intimidating, you have to try to make that something challenging and interesting. If you overcome it, you will be twice as confident as before.
You might ask yourself what this has to do with me chopping wood and why it helps me clear my mind. Chopping wood, gives me strength and agility without much thought. When you have an axe in your hand, you feel empowered: it’s a capsule of stored energy that can pretty much fell any tree out there with the right agility and technique. Felling a tree or chopping wood is not about brute strength, it’s about delicacy and efficiency. Chopping wood is a mental tough exercise, the smallest tree can be a hard nut to crack without the good technique. It helps me remind that we’re human and not invincible.
Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it. – Niels Bohr
Spectacles: Dolce Gabbana
Jacket: Cold Method
Shoes: Shore Leave