2023 Land Stewards Field Note: John Mathewson

by | Field Notes, Land Stewards, LS 2023

The last six months have been some of the best I’ve had. I have met so many insanely cool and inspiring people who have such a contagious enthusiasm for life. The people surrounding land stewardship and public land management, in general, are some of the best I have met. Outside of that, never having previously left Nebraska for longer than a week, I was introduced to different cultures and peoples, the likes of which I had never seen. That really is the most important thing for me. In the background, there are the “important” aspects like career development and pivotal decisions in that realm of existence, but the people are really at the center of all of it. It may be that you stumble upon what you are meant to do, but the people at work are not the right people. Similarly, you may get a random job in a field in which you have no interest, but the people are so enjoyable to be around you for years. In nearly every situation, the people are more important than the thing you are doing. Solace can be found through people in the worst of situations, and through people, you may experience torture in the best of situations.