This morning I was chatting to a neighbour who commented on seeing me come home yesterday covered in mud and humping my pack - curious he asked me what I was doing? Where I'd been?
So I told him, and he was shocked - "are you mad?" he asked. I just shrugged and said it was what I enjoyed doing, enjoyed the fresh air and the sense of freedom.
"Roughing it mate, aint for me - I'd rather watch footie in front of the box with a beer," was his parting comment, and I thought about that and the sad fact is for many people that's their life, a sort of contented dumping down of their lot in life.
I laughed politely, but with pity in my voice, "Sometimes you gotta rough it to smooth it!" I said to his receding back.
It was a throw away comment but it made me smile to share it and as I walked home I thought more about it and you know what by the time I reached my house the simple phrase had grown into a realisation that to me if was a truth - so much so I decided to use it in the blog title - why?
Because I realised that that statement sums up my view bushcraft and outdoors living, I'm not into easy expedition style camp bushcraft and over comfortable time outdoors, anyone can do that - these days modern life is safe and dull. Home comforts and financial demands encourage us to be soft of muscle but cold of heart - roughing it once in a while FOR ME at least reverses that.
So to me "ROUGHING IT" is as necessary a part of my life and breathing!