Paul and I had been sitting at our computers for what felt like hours listening to David Bowie as the wheels in our heads turned and turned. We researched, we read, we examined, we discussed, we worked. Half way through the day, we decided to take a walk through the woods.
Gabby came home on Sunday. On Monday, we got right to work and after a few hours I suggested that the three of us (Jon, Gabby, and I) find a good place to pause our work and go for another walk. By the time we had gotten back, I could barely walk 10 feet without scratching my legs. I changed clothes and immediately realized that I had at least 15 new bug bites the size of a quarter. However, we had come up with a brilliant idea for Mygooi.
Going to the woods is a time for me to close my laptop and be independent from it. I can think outside in the fresh air and be a part of nature. There’s something about it that makes me think clearer. Since the majority of my job right now is to sit in front of a computer, it is refreshing to get away and clear my head. It’s amazing the ideas you can come up with while taking a stroll through nature.
Ville comes over and we work hard as #agentsofgoo. I mention how I want to keep on going with this daily walk through the woods. Ville and I invite Jon and Gabby to go but they both had a lot that they needed to get done, so off Ville and I went. We passed the park so I knew we were on the right path. However, a short time after that, we took a wrong turn and I didn’t exactly recognize where we were. Then it started to rain. Then it started to pour, and before I knew it, it was storming.
"Ville, please don’t hate me if I got us lost," I said nervously laughing (half kidding, half serious). Ville is too nice to get upset with me so he says, "We can figure it out."
About a half an hour later, we are still trudging through the mini streams, mud, and moss. Ville occasionally seeks shelter from a tree to see if his phone can offer any help. We go off the path in order to get back to Jon’s safely. At this point, I am soaked all the way to my drawers and Ville’s beard is dripping wet.
Through this whole thing, I am trying so hard not to laugh. I’m tempted to just take off my jacket and embrace the storm that has graced us with it’s presence. But then I realize that Ville has probably had enough of my crazy antics for one day. So i chose to cooperate and move forward behind my captain.
"Atleast my coat and boots are waterproof,” proclaims the captain. He neglects to look at me and see the fact that nothing I am wearing is relatively close to being waterproof.
I think of all the clothing I am wearing and realize that I don’t have anything that I’m thankful for at that moment. Then I say, “Well Ville, at least I’m in good company.”
Through the storm, we had several more intellectual conversations. It was a time for us to get to know each other even more. I was able to learn from him in ways I never thought I would. He gave me a great insight into his own life. However, the greatest insight that I learned from losing my way in Swedish woods was that getting lost is not a waste of time.
Whether you are with people or by yourself. Something about the essence of nature brings out a different side of people. So I encourage you to go get lost somewhere, despite the whether, and see not just where you an discover, but what you can discover.