The strength of the Lion is the Pride
Updated: Jul 3, 2020
Often we feel alone, yet we are all connected in some way to each other and to Nature
The World of Conservation is often a Lonely place, some people chose to have families, some don't, some don't have the luxury of choice. Ultimately, I have learnt that leaning on your support network is vital, I am part of a strong pride, you probably are too.
What makes you feel part of a pride? What makes you feel lonely? How do you deal with feeling lonely?
I know I have said the word "feel" too many times but bare with. I think at the moment with everything that is going on, it is important to check in with yourself and People around you. Who is on your frequently contacted list? Is there someone missing?
What is a pride?
Google doesn't have a clear cut definition sorted for a pride of lion, instead, pride is expressed as a feeling (funny that). "a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired."
Pride: "the faces of the children's parents glowed with pride"
Appropriate isn't it? When I think of a Lion pride I think of a matriarch keeping her close sisters, aunties, cousins and cubs safe. She keeps the men busy and fed while managing her brood. There is a core network of women staying strong and fierce. How many women come to mind when you read this? I don't mean to exclude the males, they are beautiful and strong but they do wonder a lot.
When you are out in a vast landscape collecting data it is very easy to feel alone. Conservationists often suffer this. We are out long days with little contact to the outside world and little time to make any contact. I believe that we have felt like this for a long time and thanks to a new(ish) group called Lonely Conservationists, we can all share our loneliness. "Save yourself before you save the world". The group covers difficult topics such as imposter syndrome, low income, isolation and mental health. Even without directly being involved in the group it is extremely reassuring to know that you are not alone in your loneliness.
Conservation moments are not always David Attenborough moments
All I am saying is we are all part of our own pride, so lets not forget we can reach out when we need to.