Survival Camp

It is probably the toughest challenge that I have tested this year. I didn’t know what come to my mind when I signed up for it.

Last September I joined a survival camp for a weekend here in Berlin. My goal was to learn how to survive in the jungle. Always a big city girl, I felt so out of touch with nature. Thus, I decided to go the extreme way. YOLO.

In the camp, I learned to make fire from scratch (not easy!), create water filter system, build a simple hut deep in the woods, and eventually stay overnight in it alone, surrounded by the sound of wild boars passing by.

The last part was probably the hardest. It was not because it was uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, I built a super cozy hut since I laid tons of dead leaves in it. It was just the fear.

My heart was beating so fast the whole night. When I heard slight noises, I was very alert. I was afraid some random animals would approach me. I was very scared of my life.

The thing is, I knew the animals wouldn’t harm me if I just laid there. It was the idea of being alone in the vast darkness, deep within the woods. I was playing multiple scenarios in my head. I was already losing without even going to the battle. Nature: 1, Mia: 0.

The next morning was such a relief. I was happy the night was over. Moreover, I felt proud. I never thought I could ever survive a night in the woods but I did.

From American Beauty:

“It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about.” 

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