10 Reasons To Jump On The Hammock Bandwagon

10 Reasons To Jump On The Hammock Bandwagon

It's the best bandwagon around!
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I have a hammock. I adore my hammock. I got one to join the stereotypical freshman scene at my university, becoming one of the many hammocks spread across campus. It was the hipster, yet mainstream, thing to do. And I fell in love. I was in my hammock every minute I possibly could be. I did homework in my hammock, I read, I napped, I invited my friends into my hammock. I did anything and everything in this piece of fabric that I had become over attached to. And now you can too!

1. You can experience nature without touching nature.

Bugs rarely try hard enough to break such a fortress as a hammock. You’re off of the ground and dirt. You really only have to interact with nature when putting the hammock up -- once you’re in, you’re in. You get to smell the naturey smells, feel the sunshine (unless you’re in a heavily wooded or cloudy place), and breathe in the fresh air. Nature, without the dirt and bugs.

2. Cuddling.

I will put it simply, you cannot be in a hammock with another person and not be cuddling. I think I have said enough.

3. It’s kind of like a swing if you push enough.

If you sit perpendicular to the hammock you can dangle your legs out and if you’re close enough to the ground, you can push yourself like you’re a porch swing. Except it’s better than a porch swing, because you’re in nature.

4. You can put them up in the woods to achieve isolation.

If you need to focus to do homework or you just plain want alone time, you can put your hammock up in the woods. Obviously this is subject to situation and placement, but if you try hard enough I’m sure you can avoid seeing other human beings. It’s wonderful to sit in a hammock alone in nature, breathing in the air and thinking. Listen to the birds and animal sounds, experiencing nature in it’s solidarity and all that great stuff.

5. Sleeping in them is supposed to be super good for you!

I’ve taken several naps in my own hammock and I can say, they were some great naps. Once you get over the weirdness of basically napping out in the middle of nowhere, it’s quite relaxing. You could even rock yourself to sleep, using the method described in number three. It’s supposedly really good for your back, as it is fabric and is limited in how it restricts you. Also, you can be protected from the wind, while still feeling the sunshine through the fabric! What could be better?

6. You can post cool hammock pictures.

Look up Instagram accounts that are focused on hammock pictures, they rock. So hipster. Very nature. Such artsy.

7. It makes you feel more outdoors-y and cool.

It’s very hipster (slash mainstream) to hammock and hike and do nature things. Hammocks mean you’re cool, I promise.

8. Sometimes it forces you to be more adventurous.

If you have a hammock then you’re forced to be outside and go find cool places to hammock. Once I got my hammock I found myself searching for the perfect hammock spots, hiking further into the woods or even driving to parks and such. It’s so much fun to find a new spot and sit there for a few hours. The more wonderful spots the better. It’s even more fun to go find these hammock spots with other people who have hammocks! Haven’t you seen those pictures of people stacking hammocks? How cool is that?!

9. It’s a handy way to go camping, but more short term.

In the order of least portable to most portable: skyscraper, house, camper, tent, hammock, umbrella. I’m just saying.

10. They are like hugs of outdoors and fresh air.

Laying in a hammock is like being hugged by nature. That’s all I can say.


I have presented some of my best arguments. Please feel free to challenge them, but please consider them deeply first. Think about it. Hammocks improve your life enjoyment. Hammocks help you make friends. A hammock can be your best friend. That is all. I’ll see you at the nearest REI.

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For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Perfection takes time.

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When you first start to do something, you have all of the motivation in the world to accomplish that goal set out in front of you, especially when it comes to being healthier. The problem is as you continue through this journey and food and laziness kick in, motivation slips. It's human, and it happens to everyone no matter how physically strong they are.

Trying to be healthier doesn't always mean losing weight. It can be so your knees don't ache as much, so you don't feel as out of breath climbing stairs, or any goal you have set for yourself. Being healthier is personal and different from person to person.

I will be the first to admit that there are plenty of changes I would love to make about myself. From my weight to my body type and many other things about myself inside and out. I am by no means the most confident person about how I look, but I have worked hard for the past year to be an overall healthier person.

Becoming healthier isn't about looking thinner or fitting into a specific size of clothes. It is about taking care of yourself from eating better to working out more. There comes a feeling of confidence in what your body can do if you put a little love in it.

Perfection takes time, and I know firsthand how frustrating trying to be healthier can be.

Pizza tastes so much better than salad. It is so easy to fall into a rhythm of something that seems never to change whether that is your weight or your mile time. Sadly, you can't build a city, or become healthier overnight.

We see people who are thinner, curvier, smarter, faster, and so much more than us. We all waste time comparing ourselves to people around us and on our timelines, but some of our biggest strengths are our individuality and the gift of getting back up after falling down.

All I can say is, please don't give up on your goal of being healthier because this is solely for you. We can have a great support system in the world and have everyone in our corner, but that isn't enough.

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Your motivation may not be at its peak level right now, and you may have every cell in your body screaming at you to quit. Don't do it. Prove to yourself that you can keep going no matter what. Not giving up will be worth it. The results and taking the hard way will make you a stronger person inside and out.

You can do this. You can do anything you want to accomplish if you just believe in yourself. You need to understand that becoming healthier takes endurance. There will be periods where you slow down and may not be going at your fastest pace. The difference is that you are not giving up and you are still trying and moving.

Don't treat becoming healthier as a sprint: short term and quick. That mentality will only leave you feeling deflated and defeated. It is a life-long marathon of pacing yourself and pushing yourself further than ever before.

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