I bet that that title got your attention; unfortunately that is how the news media gets you to keep tuned to your favorite news station every day. Fear sells, whether it is some foreign terrorist group, a new disease of the week or a frightened and scared black bear stuck in a tree, fear is what pays the bills and now staying SAFE has taken on a priority above all else. Unfortunately the extreme concept of what it means to “stay Safe” is also stopping people from enjoying the natural world and connecting with nature.
This weekend the hot weather alerts came in from all directions, by phone, TV, radio and videos of people buying fans and air conditioners stacked up at a local home improvement store that brought home the extreme notion that the weather would be so severe we might not make it to see Monday morning . But my bet is most of us would ultimately make it, after all that is why the Creator made trees so we could stand under them when it got too hot to be out in the sun, only problem is we might forget how to recognize a tree when we see one if we decide to shut ourselves inside out of fear.
Fear has driven us inside and into hiding, perhaps a stray coyote might be lurking behind a tree, a mosquito or tick could be justification for staying in for the summer but then the cold will become too much as the weather alerts sound off once more on our phones and TV’s, take precautions? Absolutely! Only a fool doesn’t do what they can to keep from being harmed, but to live in fear to the point of not enjoying what mother nature has to offer? Not me and hopefully not for our children.
We will need to decide for ourselves if it is worth the risk of a mosquito bite to watch a Hummingbird sip nectar from a flower or see a Monarch Butterfly come to rest on a milkweed, will we take the chance of getting a little sun burn to a Great Egret snag a fish or a bald Eagle soar over our heads or smell the wildflowers in the meadows that are fast disappearing. The decision you make will affect all of us and the future of our natural world.
Every day is a risk, whether it is driving down the highway or standing in the shower, just living life every day we are in jeopardy one way or the other. We always need to take precautions when enjoying the outdoors, whether it is protecting ourselves from Ticks, bringing our cell phones in case of emergencies or carrying a bottle of water on a hot day. Learning safeguards help us make our treks into nature much more pleasurable. But becoming so overly concerned with fears of what “might happen” paralyzes us from relishing all the wonders of nature and all the life benefits that go along with becoming a human being that is closer with the natural world around us.