Hello again! Haven't posted for, let me see, at least a week. I haven't seen much, not been anywhere in particular and to be honest had very little to blog about... until now.
I was checking up on my linked blogs and came across Neil Randon's latest post. Oh dear - I recognise those symptoms. They are the signs of somebody getting mightily frustrated with his lot. I've been there (many times). I too have questioned why I do what I do. It is easy to get the hump.
However, being in a Zen-like state of calm and finding myself floating at least three foot off the ground as I type this, I can give Neil (and any other sufferers) my humble observations.
They are only birds (or plants, or moths...) They are not on earth to represent your worthiness.
What you have seen (or are going to see) has no bearing on your worth as a human being.
If there are those out there who do judge you on the length of a list or birding prowess, then their judgement is hardly worth worrying about - they are deeply flawed.
Ask yourself why you go out to observe the natural world? It almost certainly started because of an appreciation of what was before you and an inquisitiveness of what was there. Return to this default reasoning in times of stress.
If you feel ill or tired STAY INDOORS. This isn't an SAS assault course that you are taking part in but an absorbing hobby.
If you are married, have a family or a job then do not fall into the trap of putting your birding ahead of them in your life's priorities. By doing so you will impress exactly who? And are they worth it?
I have now slowly descended back to the ground, the chiming cymbals of peace are sounding and an inner calm has washed clean my soul...
Goo goo ga joob...