Post-Planting On-going Research – ENTRY 1
Some of the most common appeals of tree planting (as described by fellow planters): sense of comradery/friendships formed, gain in strength both physical and mental, simplicity, being in nature, being yourself…etc.
These appeals often outweigh the 2-4 months of: 10 hour work days in almost total solitude in all weather conditions, no hot water, repetitive motion injuries, tendonitis, mosquitos like you wouldn’t believe, everything smells rancid (until you get used to it), literal clouds of blackflies, very cold nights, first breakdown (it’s different for everyone but everyone has at least one), being really frustrated and angry at your boss/the company/trees/the world/yourself, and constantly questioning your worth and what the hell you’re doing in the middle of fucking no where…etc.
Most feel that pulling through the tougher shit is the most rewarding take-back and appeal to planting. Every planter I know will tell you something along the lines of:
“I learned a lot about myself- who I am, what I want, what I need, how to improve. And now, I feel like I have a greater appreciation for a lot of things: hot showers, friends, socks, a bed… and on top of that I have made some amazing, potentially life-long friends in the middle of nowhere while planting.”
something like that.
Finally beating my PB from first season in the second.
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