Those who have climbed Mount Everest often say it changed something in their relation with mother nature – they realized that she was more than a commodity, more than just a piece of land. Many say they gained a new respect for her, and realized that not only is she alive, but she is powerful and has her own will. Climbing that mountain made them see how small and helpless we all are in her hands.
That sort of relationship with nature is becoming increasingly rare in our world today. Being brought up in cities and locking ourselves inside with electronics, nature has become a stranger and is something we fear rather than love.
But on the Scandinavian countryside, that quiet, solemn energy that has become so hard to find, is still there.
There is something so pure and serene about the countryside of Norway that is really lovely, and for some reason being outside there makes you feel more energized than usual.
Sadly, many people today don’t like being outdoors. I used to be like that myself, but traveling and learning to ski changed all that.
I learned to love winter, to see the opportunities in nature, to be like a child again, and most importantly: to trust myself.
Nature can be boring, if you don’t know what to do with it, scary, if you don’t trust yourself, and dangerous, if you don’t respect it.