For the past 2 ½ years, my boyfriend James and I have called the wild places of North America our backyard and a trusty orange bus our home. Each day, we traverse the rugged mountains, pretty prairies, and painted deserts of this vast and varied land. We are artists inspired by the incomprehensible beauty of natural places.
In a strange way, the movement of the road has taught me to be still. That age-old cliché, ‘Stop and Smell the Roses,’ never resonated until fields of wildflowers like these spread before me, unending. We always screech our brakes to a sudden halt for wide meadows of daisies or lupine. I’ve become pro at weaving flower crowns and consider myself a professional frolicker.
Above all, I moved into a bus and onto the road to slow myself down. Modern society burdens us with pressure to be constantly productive, something I combat by devoting time to purposeful idling. This daily practice has endowed me with a rich and vibrant life.
Time is a tool that gives life structure, but it should never rule you. The ethos of Feral watches, its wrap, its aesthetic, remind me to use time wisely. We only have one life to live, and by minding time, we all can achieve a life of Feral play and exploration.
Rachel is a writer and cartoonist inspired by ancient philosophy and the natural landscapes of North America. She enjoys birding, green tea, and arranging cheese plates. When she’s not scribbling in her journal, you can find her exploring wild places with a backpack and a topo map.