Ecological grief: I mourn the loss of nature – it saved me from addiction

Jennifer

Grammar — Advanced Level
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Activity

Complete each sentence choosing the correct option


Supply the correct past form of the verb.

In my teenage years, I had developed an aptitude for drinking, as many adolescents do. But it was while working as a music journalist in my 20s that my addictions __________( accelerate). I had time on my hands, weekends______( loom) large and I_____( need) to keep busy. So I started walking, wandering daily on Walthamstow Marshes in north-east London to watch the kestrels, caterpillars and the shaggy old heron. It_____(make) me feel safe and secure. Gradually, I _______(realise) that my mind ____(need) these walks and I ______(grew) to rely on them. The natural world_____ (has) become a kind of rehab: it ______(sooth) my rawness and patched me back together

  1. But it was while working as a music journalist in my 20s that my addictions   ( accelerate).

  2. I had time on my hands, weekends   ( loom) large and I   ( need) to keep busy.

  3. It   (make) me feel safe and secure.

  4. Gradually, I   (realise) that my mind   (need) these walks and I   (grow) to rely on them.

  5. The natural world   (has) become a kind of rehab: it   (sooth) my rawness and patched me back together.

Discussion

Practice your writing skills by discussing the questions below


  1. How do you deal with your sadness? any sickness?

  2. Do you also take time to go to nature for healing? Why? Why not?

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