If you’ve seen on the news recently a story about Coloradans going out at 8 PM every night to howl at the Moon like wolves, I’m sure at first you thought it was pretty weird. Some say it started as appreciation for healthcare workers, or a way to connect, or just a way to release energy that’s been all pent-up from being inside all day. Regardless, it’s one of the many bizarre trends that has surfaced since quarantine and social distancing became the norm.
According to National Geographic, wolves howl “to communicate to other wolves that this is their territory or stay away. Wolves also howl to find fellow pack members when they're apart—gray wolf howls can carry for miles—and for social purposes, such as maintaining relationships within members of the pack.”
I thought this was something really special. Even when miles apart, wolves, and many other animals for that matter, still wanted to maintain relationships. I believe humans are the same way, and especially during trying times such as COVID-19, we often resort back to animalistic ways and our most basic needs. Whether that’s hoarding the toilet paper because you’re scared, or howling at the moon to connect with your neighbors and remind somebody, anybody, that you’re still here... it’s basic animalistic instinct.
The howling (even though it may be annoying after a while), is one of the many unique, and even special things to come out of this bizarre period of life that we’re all facing right now. Along with that, many of us are fortunate to spend more time with family now, time that we wouldn’t normally have gotten when we’re all caught up in our regular 9-to-5 jobs.
This time period has also allowed for a lot of self-reflection, sometimes painfully holding up a mirror, forcing you to look at yourself and be alone with your thoughts. It’s allowed me to reflect on the people who really matter in my life, the family that’s made me who I am today, the friendships I’m forever grateful for, and the new possibilities that are still yet to come. We often don’t get time like this to reflect and to get to truly know ourselves. Hopefully, you’re spending this time connecting with yourself and with others (even virtually), realizing the importance of vulnerability and human connection.
There is nothing like a global pandemic to make people realize what truly matters at the end of the day. Your health and happiness, and that of your loved ones, should always be first and foremost. Many states, Colorado included, are still under stay-at-home orders. This prohibits anyone from going to bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, or work if you are not considered an essential worker. These forced orders really shine a light on all of the basic societal constructions that we built, and how inauthentic and phony many of them are.
You don’t need brunch to be close to your friends, you don’t need a gym to get exercise, and you don’t need to build this whole fantastic life of going out and doing all these different things to be something that matters. I think many of us, myself included, are realizing the important things are still attainable. Your identity is much deeper than the activities you used to do. Plus, when there’s nothing to do but talk with one another, you get to know the people around you and yourself on a much deeper level.
Anyways, I’m rambling on a tangent here. The point of this blog is to show that I’m grateful, still, for many of the wonderful parts of life...despite all the scary things going on right now.
It’s also to encourage you that if you haven’t already, go outside your house and howl at 8 PM tomorrow night. Release all of that energy, connect with somebody, and howl to the heavens!
That’s all for now.
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