In a mere few hours from now, my journey back to a coastal city I still call home, will rekindle my friendship with the animal kingdom.
Soft creamy wool, vacant blue eyes, innocent stares… and muddy hooves. Sheep: a rounded bundle-of-a-reminder of our natural environment. It’s no secret I had a obsession with animals as a child. It wasn’t just their exterior, categorizing them into ‘cute’, ‘scary’, ‘angry-looking’, and sometimes ‘unpleasant’. It’s the major lack of burdens in their lives that humans are constantly faced with. How simple a life animals lead. How simple the evolution of their lives are.
While we’re concerned over which pair of shoes ‘go’ with the outfit we’ve got on, the most complicated decision a sheep may have rests with enough grass to graze on. The bare necessities are all that matters. As for us? We create a world of problems to solve for ourselves, while finding time to complain about it in between.
As I’ll watch them far from the rush of human life, peacefully chewing onto clumps of green grass, blinking every so often, jaws swaying from east to west, I plan on taking a leaf out of the wool-clad book.
Live life simply.