How You Know You’re Jungling Correctly

3 weeks ago
By Courtney Decker– Fall 2017 Business Student

When you’re in the jungle everything seems to be amplified, whether it be thoughts, feelings, emotions, friendships, experiences, or adventures.

Your overall lifestyle is just so much more intense. I’ve begun working on a series of short stories and articles dedicated to portraying that. This one is called “How to Know You’re Jungling Correctly.”

How to Know You’re Jungling Correctly

When your knees and shins are severely bruised from hiking, more accurately bear-crawling, up a tributary full of massive boulders and unstable rocks, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you’re climbing and you know to check the area your hand or foot is about to go in order to avoid massive spiders, snakes, scorpions, or ant colonies, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you’re covered in cuts and scrapes from being entangled in more vegetation than you realized existed, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you’ve hiked up a steep, narrow, slippery cattle trail, grasping at the plants around you for support on your journey, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you reach the top of a mountain and start laughing euphorically at the view, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you’re on top of the world, literally and figuratively, and you stop to notice the energy and life force of the jungle breathing below you, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you look all around and you’re eye to eye with the peak of dozens of other mountains that seem a mere skip away from you, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you’re covered in mud from sliding back down the mountain, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you end up picking dozens of thorns out of your hands and body because you were swinging vine to vine in order to keep you from falling off the mountain as you slide down, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you make your way back to the tributary and are amazed at your upper body strength as you lift your body back down massive boulders, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you’re standing strong in the rio’s rushing current as you see the water crashing down around the boulders ahead of you, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When your hair is intertwined with twigs, leaves, and stems, you know you’re jungling correctly.

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When your muscles are screaming from your shoulders to your calves, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When your day consists of breathtaking views when you look up at the tree tops all the way down to the ground, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When your wild and primitive human nature comes out and consumes your soul, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you call back to birds and monkeys when you hear them sing and screech, you know you’re jungling correctly.

When you’re far more resilient and resourceful than you ever knew, you know you’re doing something right.

When you go to bed each night feeling satisfied and fulfilled in your mind, body, and soul you know you’re at home.