"What do you feel when you're in the middle of nowhere, far away from a city, all alone?"

~ By Contributing Writer:  The Gnomad Home ~

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When we are secluded in the middle of nowhere is when we feel most at home. When the free-range cows next to our van are our alarm clock and the sun rising over a distant mountain is the lamp on our bedside table.

We step outside our van and greet neighbor Sequoia. We're able to sink our fingers into dirt that has forgotten what a loving touch feels like. We're able to clearly hear the songs sung by all of nature's ensembles without being drowned out by the sound of cars humming on a highway or nonstop TVs, radios, or phones making their distracting beeps and honks and rings and noises, noises, noises.

When we're far away from the chaos of cities and the craziness that follows, we find ourselves able to connect deeper within. We're able to hear our instincts guiding us towards our truth. We're able to rediscover our purpose, our drive, our passion, our abilities.

When we choose the wild as our home we choose ourselves. We choose to create. To explore. To learn. To discover. To unravel. To understand. To reconnect. We're able to see our lives for the reality they hold. We're able to know ourselves in ways we've never seen. We're able to hear what we're called to do as if someone were screaming it in our face.

When we go back to the cities, the crowds, the chaos, we lose all that in an instant. We want to grab a stranger and proclaim to them the lives we discovered just beyond that treeline in the distance. We want to grab them by the hand and pull them to the edge of the cliffs where we planted our own feet, and show them a world of radical understanding as they dive to the waters of discovery below.

But the cities have cell service. And cell phones carry an entire galaxy of distractions. We tell someone of a waterfall and they tell us of a meme about shoes.

You see, it's in the cities where we find ourselves painfully alone. Where people have been spoonfed a false idea of connection. It's in the wild, where we can root ourselves in the same soil as the great Redwoods, where we feel truly connected.

You're never alone in the middle of nowhere.

 - Jayme, John, Nymeria, Delilah

Make it a wonderful day everyone!