BABEK TOLOE

 

PRESENTED BY OUTDOOR COLLECTIVE

 


 

Location

Stockholm

Occupation

Full-time mentor at a highschool

Instagram

@wayfaring_drifter

Life motto

(Nature doesn’t judge anyone)

Location

Stockholm

Occupation

Full-time mentor at a highschool

Instagram

@wayfaring_drifter

Life motto

(Nature doesn’t judge anyone)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Nature Doesn’t

      Judge Anyone

 

 

 


Since the smartphone came to life our lives has quickly and dramatically changed. We tend to get stuck in a bubble where stress arises from all the technology around us. We are connected 24/7. There are not many schools or workplaces today that doesn’t use computers. We simply need them to do our jobs. There is a strong need for this bubble to pop, and to find a balance between caring about our self-esteem, our needs and the stress that is going on around us. 


“Youths today are incredibly stressed, and mental illness is increasing amongst them”

Babek has been working with youths since his early 20s and today he is a full-time mentor at a high school in Stockholm. His focus is on his students’ studies and he also tries to implement outdoor life in their everyday life. Babek explains that mental illness amongst youths today is increasing. Today there is a constant flow of information that creates a stressful environment. They sleep poorly, the phone goes off in the middle of the night or when they are sitting in class and at the same time they need to perform well in school.

– We do not work enough with our self-esteem or confidence and it can become difficult to live up to all the expectations. In the end, you can’t cope, you feel bad and the anxiety then becomes reality. Somehow we need to find a place where we can find that peace that exists in nature. 

“I usually say that nature doesn’t give a fuck about who you are, where you come from, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, you name it. The nature will treat you just like everyone else”

Nature doesn’t judge anyone. Literally. Imagine how nice it is to be able to take off all the masks and roles that you are carrying around and just be able to be yourself without any judgments. Nature sure helps you take those masks off. That is something Babek speaks passionately about.

– The human needs that, not just youths but also us adults that live in a stressful environment. You need that escape sometimes, to reflect and gather strength and energy.

– It is also a way to overcome all the sedentary things that he notices increasing at quite young ages. It’s not like when he was little when they were out playing football. Now it’s video games, phones, Netflix and that makes you more isolated in the bubble that we need to break.

– The only way to break an insulation is to stand in what is larger, to get out in nature. 

 

Babek has not always loved nature the way he does today. He had a place in the woods close to his home when he was a kid where he and his friends used to play pirates and Indians, and cowboys. He participated in outdoor days in school and he also went skiing with his family. But he did not see or experience nature in the same way that he does today. It came pretty late in his life, after participation in the military service, nature automatically had a good effect on him and it was easy to get bitten into it. The feeling made him happy and when he returned to Stockholm City he knew that nature was going to play a big part of his life.

“It is the place I flee off to when I feel I need to land. You need to disconnect to connect”

When I ask Babek what nature means to him, he laughs.

– What nature means to me? Everything. Nature is everything.

To Babek, nature is incredibly important. Nature is what makes it possible for him to get away for awhile. It does not mean that he has to travel to the mountains and hike, it’s nature overall. Nature could be everything from being out in the woods in Stockholm, at the lake, to overseas hiking in the jungle or the mountains.

– It is the place I flee off to when I feel I need to land. You need to disconnect to connect. 

There is often an obstacle to get out in nature, to take that first step. The obstacles that people are experiencing are often fears. Fears that we have to work our way around to make them disappear. Similar to what The Outdoor Collective is doing with their concept UTVANDRA, Babek works a lot with youths that rarely are out in nature and he has to successively decrease their fears by taking one thing at a time. Many of these kids or youths are from countries where it is dangerous to be out in nature. It is easy for the kids to bring that fear with them even if they are born in Sweden. That fear arises from their guardians, in stories they tell about bears and wolves and what they might do.

– In these cases, you don’t spend the night the first time, for example. Instead, you do something fun in the daylight. The next time you build on that such as renting a cabin. And the time after that, that is when you bring on the tent overnight. You have to work on the things that scare you and answer the questions.

Babek goes in on the community amongst the youths and how it is created. He explains that there isn’t any plan to create that specific community. You have to just let it be. The group process happens regardless. The advantage of being outside is that you are forced to work with character strengths.

– I let them identify themselves with the leader of the group for that moment, let them be and figure out all that themselves. It should not be forced, they just have to be there and then everything will fall into place as time goes on. It is intense during the day but in the evening when you start a fire the feeling of community comes fully naturally. Humans are actually programmed to gather around the fire. You start talking, you show your true self.

– Kids are used to having adults doing all the planning. Therefore one important insight from Babek is that you should let the kids be a part of the decision making. It comes more naturally when everyone is together to make decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great thanks to BABEK /THE OUTDOOR COLLECTIVE

 

 

 

 

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