Last weekend, a few of my friends and I took a trip south to Santa Cruz and Big Basin State Park. In the midst of stress, I have found it incredibly helpful to take time to immerse myself in nature. We left Davis early in the morning on Saturday and, a few hours later, found ourselves in the land of giant redwoods.
We spent 11 miles hiking, surrounded by trees that have been alive for thousands of years. I felt small, yet connected to something much larger than myself.
The birds and streams and trees were meditative in ways that cannot be found in school. I love what I’m learning and I love being able to apply my knowledge, but I also love that I can appreciate the natural world as a larger entity. I like to feel in control of every aspect of my life, yet being in nature helps me to accept that I am just one part of something larger and there is so much that I cannot change.
Our profession is not confined to one exam room or even to one species. It is as vast as we want it to be, and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to experience as much of the natural world as possible. Because as veterinarians, we must realize that we will be a part of something larger than ourselves.