In this day and age, taking a retreat to a forest away from all human technology seems like a wonderful vacation to take. Some people have their own summer or winter cabins that they rotate with family and/or friends.
I have to admit I wouldn’t mind taking a small vacation out at a forest cabin, so long as there was a nearby river good for fishing. It would be a little like camping out, right? The cabin might be a little better than a polyester tent, though.
But what if your entire life involved living in a forest? What if your only transportation to the nearest city was your own two feet? Would you be able to handle it?
Agafiya Lykova has never known any life other than one of a hermit. For as long as she can remember, she’s lived in the Siberian forest, mere days from civilization. By foot it would take her two weeks to travel to the nearest city. By car… well, that would take some math I’m not yet familiar with.
The old woman said that her parents took her away to this forest to escape religious persecution when the Soviet Union was still in power. Not surprisingly, this persecution made life difficult for thousands of people, and escaping to a forest seemed like the logical choice at the time.
When asked if she’d ever integrate back into developed society, Lykova told reporters “In the city, there are so many cars. There is lots of noise and gas floating through the air. At my age, it is probably best that I stay in the forest.” I admire her dedication to staying in the forest her parents took her to.
I wouldn’t mind trying to live in a forest for a week or two. After that, I’m not sure I can handle it. Agafiya Lykova has earned my respect, being able to live in the wild with nature.