Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
88Trip End Jun 04, 2006
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It's not because I'm keen on gardening, but simply the tangible, physical gratification of having done something physical and made a body that has become accustomed to a slovenly office bound lifestyle do something energetic yet with a result. The rsults of my work weren't highly sophisticated or beautiful, nor is the job as a whole even close to being completed. I just took a small step in a longer continuum of shared effort, and yet I felt disproportionately rewarded for doing it.
There's something about my make up and more likely the human psyche as a whole that is satisfied by simple physical tasks that apparently disengage from the more erudite parts of the brain. It's a good lesson to remember in an era of 24/7 instant gratification and entertainment that coping with the physical things our body was built to do - i.e. not sitting on your arse in an office in front of a computer - are good for the mind too.
Quite where this fits in with enjoying aimlessly travelling and exploring I don't know, but that's one to ponder on. It might certainly explain why I so much prefer holidays with shared dorm rooms and basic facilities and a bit of dirt under the nails, sweat on the brow and a bit of fatigue at the end of the day.