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  • Jordan Avery

Sunrise on the Prairies

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

Lately I have been doing some spur of the moment camping. I figured that since there is nothing tying me down, to my parents house in Medicine Hat at least, why not go exploring! I love nature and I feel free when I am surrounded by it. I have done loads of camping over the years with my dad and occasionally with both of them but I've never really just gone out on my own. Camping with people in generally is not the same as camping alone. For an introvert like me, there is nothing like spending time with yourself.

In the last two years I have learned more than ever how important it is to accept and enjoy time by ones self. It took me a while to learn this because I have always surrounded myself with people. Right out of high school I moved to Edmonton and got myself a boyfriend. I spent so much time with him over the next 2 and a half years that I never really got to be by myself. I became dependent on him. Breaking up with him was one of the best things I have done for myself thus far in my life.

Don't get me wrong. It was hard for the first while but I eventually figured it out. And once I did I felt free. More free than I have ever felt in my life.

I finally felt like myself.

In the last year I have had lots of time to explore that and revert to the person at my core. When I was recovering from my surgery I wasn't always able to be surrounded by people. I didn't have work. I couldn't get in my car and drive anywhere. And no one could come and see me because of the first covid shut down.

But you know what?

I was okay. And I relearnt that even when I felt down or uncomfortable with being alone all I had to do was go outside. As soon as I went outside I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I jumped (metaphorically, obviously, since I could barely walk 10 feet without feeling exhausted. And that is with a walker!) at the chance to go to the park or even get in the car and go sit somewhere outside.

I say relearnt because I knew this when I was a youth and a young child but I seemingly have a tendency to forget this and then relearn it. I lived on an acreage for my younger years and I remember loving being outside. I would lay on the trampoline looking at the stars or spend the days exploring the fields. I was, and still am, drawn to nature.

Coming back to recent days, I find that I am being pulled back into nature in the form of camping. Like I said, I have all this time so why not spend it camping! Last week when I got together with some of my cousins for a distanced BBQ and mentioned this they said things like, "what do you do when you go by yourself?" And, "don't you get bored?"

My answer?

No, I don't get bored. I just take in the beauty of God's creation and think.

I paint, or write, or draw, or read, or listen. I get creative! I have a creative mind and I like to think. This is where and when I get to do it uninterrupted. This is where I feel most inspired. I mean, who is not inspired by creation! It is the thing I respect the most about the First Nations people in Canada. Their respect and awe for nature is in itself inspiring.

Sunrise is my favorite time of the day because that is when I feel the most inspired and thoughtful. It is also the time of day when I feel closest to God. Have you ever woken up at the crack of dawn and been overwhelmed by the silence? I don't know why but that is what I love. I can't get enough of it.

That is what inspired this art piece. Growing up on the prairies with an adoration for the sunrise imbedded this picture into my mind. The sun rising up over the reaching prairies, glinting off the sage bushes and illuminating the Cypress Hills off in the distance.

This is where I feel at home with my creator surrounding me like wrapping a warm blanket around my soul.

God is in the Sun. God is in the Earth. God is in the breeze. But ultimately,

God is in my soul.

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