Last year, I got married late in the spring and had the entire summer to go camping. And I mean, a ton of camping! My wife and I would go almost every single weekend. That's including backpacking, camping, fishing, and every possible activity in the outdoors. It came to the point where I started to despise camping!
Almost every weekend, I would head out to my favorite camping spots. It would usually take about 3 hours to drive there. And if I stayed there for only 1-2 nights, I would return home completely exhausted. I had no time for chores, no time for errands. I would do this on and on for the entire summer.
At first, I thought I was enjoying all of my trips. I was soaking up the outdoors as much as I could. I would go as often as I could. Eventually the exhaustion caught up to me. I stopped enjoying the packing process, the drive, and the "relaxation". Because in reality, there was no relaxation. I was flying through my entire summer without really enjoying it.
I came to this realization only at the end of the camping season when I was storing my gear for the winter months. I wondered what on earth did I do wrong? I put in such a huge effort to spend a lot of my time in the outdoors. I did not receive the satisfaction I thought I would.
I focused so much on the "quantity" part of camping, I completely spaced out on the "quality" part. Like I said, most of my camping trips were rushed. There was no room for enjoyment. I went camping for the sake of camping. It's that simple.
To improve my camping experience, I made a resolution for the upcoming camping season. I will put in more energy and attention to the "quality" portion of camping.
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