Sometimes what we need in a moment like this is a dose of perspective.
Whether that perspective is the faces of the healthcare workers on the front lines, or a news story about the impact of volunteers, or a story of survival, or a story of defeat, a little shift in the lenses through which we look at our own situation can be a helpful and healthy thing.
If you’re like me, and continuing to shelter in place, work remotely, and limit interactions with other people to a socially distanced and masked conversation with your grocery store checkout worker, this quarantine might be starting to border on isolation. (Or perhaps you crossed the threshold into isolation weeks ago!)
Which is why when the reality documentary series Alone showed up on my Amazon Prime account this week, it peaked my attention.
Alone is a survival series produced by the History Channel that follows ten contestants into the wilderness and documents their efforts to build shelter, collect food, etc. It’s technically a competition, with the last person remaining in the wild a winner, but most of the contestants aren’t really in it for the money so much as they’re on personal quests for understanding of self, spiritual fulfillment, or the meaning of life.
Ok…that last part is a bit dramatic. But truely, you don’t hear many of the people talk about the money.
There are no competitions between contestants. The contestants don’t even know where the others are. In fact, nobody knows where anybody is, because the participants don’t even have a production team along with them. They’re out in the wild alone, hence the title, tasked with documenting their own progress with Go Pros and other small camera equipment.
And if you’ve got five minutes and want to play an Alone version of “what would I do?” you can check out the gear list, including the section in which contestants have to choose only ten survival items from a list of fifty possible choices. LINK HERE.
But despite the crazy weather conditions they face, the threat of predatory animals, injuries, lack of food, etc., the thing that eventually eats away at many of them, is the loneliness and isolation.
I’ll tell you what, it will make you morning Zoom meetings in your home office seem like a regular social mixer if you compare it to living on a bed of moss, alone, in the rain, with a bear sniffing around your head for 56 days!
Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available on Amazon Prime, and I’ve got to tell you, we’re pretty hooked. I’ve never been a Survivor fan, as the whole game show setup just felt contrived. This is definitely not that, and if you’re craving something completely different that celebrates the human spirit, features gorgeous scenery, and shines some perspective on the isolation some of us might be starting to feel, this is definitely bingeable!
Or, if you’d rather not linger in untamed nature and solitude, there’s always Netflix and Too Hot to Handle!
Either way, Cheers!