When you’re hiking up a mountain in the dark, racing to catch a sunrise, nothing else really matters. All the stresses of life fade to the background, temporarily replaced by the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. All the school work, upcoming tests, social commitments, and everything else that makes up the brunt of the college experience are suddenly put on pause, and the worries associated with each of them disappear. All that matters is the view at the top of the climb, and it blows me away every single time.
For me, the simple act of going outside has served as a much needed break from the monotony of endless Zoom classes, a break from the screens that have consumed most of my waking hours during these past few months.