by Tina Kusal – I can’t remember a while when I didn’t like the outside. Spreading in the ocean, running on the beach, trekking mountains, camping under a starry sky, and mountain biking trails. And in time, I’m gonna have a smile on my face rain or shine. So, when I saw that my son had as much enjoyment of nature as I did, I always said he had to be genetic. And now, according to science, he was right.
As my son was a little boy, he would be next to me for every outdoor adventure, even if it was just a walk through a local park. His fascination with sounds and colors, followed by inquisitive questions, told me he was a lover of nature like me. Today, at thirteen, it helps to choose our travel destinations and we have a joint goal to visit each of them National Park. Together.
Just as we love nature, we both love science. So, when I saw that the recent investigation found that nature loved to be a heritable trait, I’m not sure which one of us scares us more. According a recent and large-scale study of twins at the National University of Singapore, the recognition of nature and its tendency to seek natural spaces can be inherited.
The study discovered that identical twins, sharing almost 100% of their genes, were more similar with respect to their love of nature than the twin brothers. But even fraternal twins who only share 50% of their genes showed similarity when it was to appreciate the great exterior. Therefore, genetics have a moderate influence on the experiences that a person will have with nature.
Of course, my education in science taught me that genetics and nature are only part of any personality equation. Nurture plays an equally important role. This study also noted this, and identified that people living in urban environments did not have the same access and exposure to nature, and without this, the hereditary trait of nature almost disappears with age.
You can pass your nature-oriented genes to your children or share them with your brothers, but without the opportunity to explore nature, these genes will eventually lose their influence. If, on the other hand, you make nature part of your life, those genes will be fed in a way that feeds your desire to seek nature.
Since my son shares 50% of my DNA and the same love of nature, it seems he definitely got the gene that seeks the nature of me. I’d like to think about everything. outdoor adventures I shared with him as a small child, showed him the wonders that nature has to offer, and sealed the deal, making it officially 100% lover of nature.
About the AUTOR: Tina Kusal grew up in England and has traveled extensively across Europe, Asia and Australia. She works as an independent writer, blogger and author. He lives in Los Angeles, California with his son and is always ready for the next adventure.