Everyone’s said it. “I’m in the middle of nowhere.” Whether you were raised there or just passing through on a road trip, it’s a sentiment that certainly must have crossed your mind. The problem with this is that it’s mostly said or thought in a negative context. People seem to think that being away from society and the throngs of people that constantly plague your days is a bad thing for some reason. It’s not. While there may not be the nightlife, restaurants, or high-speed internet that are readily available in the city or suburbs, there are instead charms all its own. “Nowhere” is not a place to be escaped; it’s somewhere to be sought out.
I was recently in west Texas for Christmas, outside of the small town known as Snyder. This was all and well, except for the fact that we were hit with a blizzard that made road travel impossible and ultimately delayed my flight back. Being stuck “in the middle of nowhere” allowed me to really appreciate the beauty that is nature. The solitude. The silence. The changing of gears. The land is something to be survived as well as something essential to your survival. An understanding is reached between the people who inhabit in these places and the world as a whole. An understanding that can’t be had if you haven’t lived it. A more simple way of life. I recommend you find a place, be it a park or the woods or a silent back yard, and de-cutter your life. Get back to the basics. If you’re stressed and have had enough, then chances are “the middle of nowhere” is exactly where you need to be.