Living on the “Wild Side”

Dear Reader:

While browsing through one of my favorite books, The To-Be List, co-authors, Randall and Walter, selected “Be Wild” as one of the “being” categories of feelings we should experience in life.

The message wasn’t suggesting everyone live on the wild side of life with poor choices of harmful  drugs, relationships, that prove devastating to yourself and others…but more about taking chances…having adventures where we open up ourselves to new experiences, risk, and challenges. Maine offers that and more for me…as Anne and I fly out today.

There is a lot of “wild” in Maine to be enjoyed…the wilds of Acadia National State Park, the wilds of rocky cliffs along turbulent Atlantic oceans waves crashing against the rocky coast line, wild blueberries for the picking in season, wild moose, wild foliage, wild fir and spruce tops.

Be Wild”  (from the To-Be List)

Our roots are wild, We are descended from explorers, trailblazers, hunters and foragers, pioneers, and people who worked the land, faced down challenges, and never heard of insurance.

It’s easy to forget that when you’re sitting in an air-conditioned office on a padded chair with only mental stimulus and your ready-made supermarket dinner waiting in the fridge at home

Society wants to keep us tame, manageable, and easy to predict. But something in us cries out to be wild- to be out in nature, to get muddy and not care, to feel our blood really pumping, to yell and shout and just let go.

Being wild could be dancing in the rain, running as fast as you can on the beach or through the park, saying what you actually think instead of what’s politically correct, breaking the rules occasionally…getting in touch with your primitive, intuitive self. 

Embrace the raw, instinct-driven side within. Listen to those gut urges and what nature is telling you. Get out of the office, leave the comfort of home occasionally and just be wild. Have fun!

So until tomorrow…Let’s leave reasoning alone at certain periods in our lives and fall back on instinct…that gift of nature given to every living creature. We all know when something is right without actually having to know why. Be instinctive. Go discover something new today. (*I promise I sure will and return home to share it!  🙂

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

*Mother Nature gave me a great send off yesterday…a light rain fell watering my thirsty yards and garden….a wonderful gift and start to a magnificent adventure…leaving the outside satisfied and happy too!



About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to Living on the “Wild Side”

  1. Patty Knight says:

    Oh Becky, Praying your trip will be so wonderful 🙏I can’t wait to read and see all about it!! This is a trip of a lifetime and I am so happy for you! Enjoy every minute of it!!! Love you, dear friend. Love, Patty


  2. Sis Kinney says:

    Happy Tuesday, flying-to-Maine day, Becky!
    I, too, hope and pray that this trip will be everything you are hoping it will be! Enjoy your adventures with your dear friend in one of the prettiest states in New England (aren’t all states “pretty” in their own right, though?), and see all the sights and wonders that you can in order to fill your heart to the brim. I hope you get to eat some good Maine lobster!! Mmm, mmm, good!
    Much love,


  3. bcparkison says:

    Yes! Rain ! We have had enough to settle the dust and hopefully keep things alive a little longer.
    Do enjoy your adventure…Can’t wait to hear,read , all about it.


  4. Carol Poole says:

    God bless and keep you and Anne safe on your adventure. See the lighthouses, climb the rocks, browse the antique shops, and say yes to Lobster Rolls and Fried Haddock. Be wild and send pictures. Love you.


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