I’m heading back to the forest to do a bit of hiking.
It’s been over a year since I moved out of my home in California, and I still feel lonely.
It has been the same since I left the forest.
I’ve been in a lot of solitude, but it feels like there’s nothing to do.
I find it difficult to be alone.
I often feel guilty, because I’ve had to be.
When I look around the world, I wonder if we’re all lonely.
But I think there’s something special about the forest, and the solitude that comes with it.
I’m a conservation biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and a native-born American.
I grew up in northern California, but I’ve lived in places like Yosemite National Park and California’s Central Valley since I was a child.
For most of my life, I had a hard time connecting with the natural world.
It was very much a matter of getting away from it.
But my family moved to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the 1970s and early 1980s, and there I discovered something different.
We were able to get away from the city for a while, but then there were times when it would take months just to get back to where we were.
I didn’t want to feel lonely, so I kept going out, and then I moved back to San Francisco.
But even though I was able to leave the city and connect with nature, there were always those moments when I just felt alone.
There were those days when I’d think, “What are you doing here?” and I’d just want to go back to my old life, but that was hard to do, because that felt like the wrong thing to do and I didn