Interacting through senses

Part six in my interview series. In this series of blog posts I’m researching the impact of nature. I realized that I have my perception of nature and I know what it means to me, but I’m really curious how others think about it. I’m hoping to collect many stories. Maybe in the end I have enough material to make some interesting conclusions. But there’s only one way to really find out.

This time I’d like to introduce you to Daniele.

I met Daniele during a month of climbing in Italy. He was very new to rock climbing but a very keen learner. In the weeks that we climbed together I had the fun of teaching him a lot of climbing basics. He introduced me to some of the local foods and showed me around the area. It was a great exchange.

I’ve gotten to know Daniele as a person who has great respect for nature and spends as much time as he can outdoors. He studied permaculture in Australia a few years ago. Right now he’s living a very similar life to mine. Working odd jobs in all sorts of places and doesn’t own a house. Right now he is working on becoming an outdoor guide. He is very inspirational to me, and I hope also to you.

Can you define nature?

Nature is everything around you, inside you and yet the most difficult thing to do is to comprehend this unity. From one side nature is what nourishes life and from the other, life is nature and nourishes itself.

How does nature affect your life?

Nature is what makes human beings fall in love with beauty. Being surrounded by natural elements brings me a sense of serenity, freedom, humbleness  and profound gratitude.

What does nature mean to you?

I think I answered this in the first two questions.

What’s your favourite piece of nature?

The old untouched environments. A desert, a primary forest, a coral reef, a mountain peak. Such kinds of landscapes.

What activity do you prefer to do in nature?

There is nothing better to me than interacting through all my senses with nature. Being this playing and communicating with an animal or challenging my physical and mental limits in a natural environment or again, deepening my understanding of how living beings interact with one another.

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