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The Strange Biologist: Connecting People and Nature

Three months is said to be some kind of relationship milestone. Isn’t that what people always believe?

Let’s say my blog and I are in a relationship as well. In that case, I am happy to announce that we have reached the three-month-milestone in our relationship. Even after three months, we are still together and going strong. I think we are even more fond of each other now than three months ago, amazing, right?

So, I think this is the right moment for a bit of reflection. Let me tell you a little bit about why I started blogging about nature, and why I still love doing that.

Nature at the Basis
Growing up, being outside and enjoying the outdoors has always been a natural thing for me to do. Not that I was always consciously involved in nature, no, I had a lot of other, more clearly present hobbies and interests. It was more that nature was always somewhere there in the back, a thing to support us and fall back upon.

Garden shed in Autumn

Study and University
When the time came for me to choose what subject to study at university, I considered lots and lots of options. But in the end, maybe it wasn’t such a surprise when my choice fell on biology, the study of life and nature.

During my first year at university, I was mostly busy with finding my way around Wageningen, settling in my new life. In my second year, though, I started thinking about what I wanted during and after my study. Very quietly, a gentle voice started wondering if I really wanted to become a researcher after finishing my degree. I would much rather connect all of my interests to become some kind of link between science, nature and people.

Europarc Youth Conference
Then I got the opportunity to attend the annual Europarc conference as a participant in the youth programme. Meeting all these professionals involved in nature, it gave me such a boost. All of those bright people who were working to improve nature management or nature communication, and could actually make a living out of that, could that also be a possibility for me?

Europarc Youth Conference 2013

At the Europarc Youth Conference 2013, Picture source: Europarc.org

Starting a Blog!
Back home, I did not immediately do anything with my newfound inspiration. But after about half a year, an idea started to form. I wanted to connect people and nature, that was something I felt ever more strongly. I was also looking for a creative outlet, and had enjoyed writing when I was younger. One day, walking through a forest, I made my decision: I was going to start a blog!

Almost two months later, after a lot of planning, arranging and waiting, Pure Cottongrass came to life. A place for me to write about nature in a way that would be accessible for everyone, not just a few nature fanatics. Nature is there for all of us, and that is what I would like to share with the world.

During the process of blogging, following a writing course and writing for a couple of other websites, it became more and more clear to me that this could really be what I would like my future to be. Sometimes it suddenly strikes me how incredibly happy I am right now, blogging and writing about nature, it makes me feel complete and alive.

Horseriding Hungary

The Future
Of course, you can never know what the future may hold. Maybe someday I will find that I actually do like to become a researcher and that writing will remain a hobby. Maybe I will find a job at a nature conservation organisation. Or maybe I will just become a stay-at-home mom. Who knows?

What I do know, is that I get so much energy from being involved in nature and inspiring other people about it, and I hope to be able to do that for the rest of my life.

 

What makes you feel inspired and alive?

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3 Comments

  • Reply One Year of Pure Cottongrass - Pure Cottongrass

    […] Want to find out why I started blogging in the first place? You can read about that here! […]

    Wednesday July 15th, 2015 at 11:07 AM
  • Reply nothingprofound

    Like you, Inge, most of my inspiration comes from nature. Not only for writing, but for living as well.

    Wednesday November 5th, 2014 at 03:47 PM
    • Reply Inge

      Yes, nature is such an amazing source of inspiration. It’s great to hear that you also enjoy it and let it influence your life!

      Wednesday November 5th, 2014 at 04:42 PM

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