I hike because I’m tired of using disposable plastic gloves in supermarkets to pick a banana to put into my polyurethane shopping basket, I’m tired of buying green cakes topped with artificial cherries on foam pads which I use for a minute and then it stays in our soil for a thousand years, I’m tired of earning money to pay for the things I need for earning money, I’m tired of dealing with people I don’t like but I need to cross the path with to continue being a money machine, I’m tired of waiting in the queues in the white offices to get done something that I don’t really understand what, I’m tired of perfumed blue nailed woman with long heels walking in front of me and spreading her chemical smell around which makes me dizzy, I’m tired of hearing cars during the day and seeing lights at night which is so hard to escape from, I’m tired of the driver of silver Volkswagen who stares at me contemptuously while I’m crossing the street just because my clothes are baggy and my hair tangled, I’m tired of considering normal to work for 20 years to earn money for a piece of land where I can plant my veggies and live in peace, I’m tired of forms I have to fill I don’t know why but “fill it, Michael, because that’s what they want”, I’m tired of people who own set of multicoloured serrated vegetable peelers and change their IKEA rugs when they get dirty because “it’s so cheap, why should I bother washing it?”, I’m tired of an ambitious guy in polished shoes who let the corporation he works for to steal his spirit, I’m tired of talking machines we call politicians who keep saying that we should consider starting to talk about starting to talk about changes that don’t really change anything, I’m tired of seeing people judging others based on numbers in Excel sheets, tattoos or country in their passports, I’m tired of a young girl considering entertaining to spend her Sunday afternoon in a shopping mall buying things just for the pure “fun” of buying, I’m also tired of her young boyfriend wearing pre-torn jeans and carrying iPhone which he’ll put away when the new one is issued, I’m tired of looking at the colorful billboards around penetrating our common public space and advertising things I’m not sure what to use for, it makes me so tired to deal with each single thing which is not essential in my life and therefore doesn’t make happier, I’m simply tired of being tired of things which make my life complicated despite of the only thing I want is to keep it simple, and I’m tired of the effort to make my life simple again because it’s something what we should start with and not to end with after a lot of effort.
I love hiking because it brings me back to simplicity. To simple stories. Simple life. Thoughts. Sentences. To life without commas and “but” kind of words. You don’t need to watch the time. You go to sleep when it gets dark. You wake up when you wake up. You eat. You pack. You go. Numbers are not important once again. All the straight lines of the cities are suddenly gone. Things around have different shapes but still perfectly fit into each other. You hear the trees whispering in the wind. You watch the birds whirling around. You smell the ground. You feel the cold of the forest. You see the clouds moving on and when the sun comes up, you have time to close your eyes and feel its warmth on your eyelids. There’s just you in the middle of the universe. You’re alive again.
When you hike, you cut all the ties and realize what’s important in your life. This is where you come from. This is where you are rooted and for what your mind is natural to feel happiness for. You smile without a reason. You love without a condition. You perceive your breathing. You realize your heart beating. Your feelings. Moods. Each moment is special. You know that this is it. This is life. That’s why I hike.