Human beings are born trackers. It is hard wired into us. It is why we like mysteries, why our brains can turn pictures to stories and stories into pictures. It is one of the things in our prehistory that required, pushed, and built our intellect.
At its base tracking is applied awareness. We notice the world around us and take the time and energy to ask questions about it. We look deeper, to synthesize the information into whole pictures. We build a relationship and an understanding with the land around us.
In survival tracking is an imperative, you track the plant and tree communities to materials fresh water and food. You track the landscape to rocks tools and clay sources. You track the animals for food. You must.
In our day to day lives, tracking is still there. There is still the need to look deeper at the world around us and connect the questions and the fragments of answers. We still have the responsibility to ourselves to be awake and participating in our lives. We still grow and learn more by being aware.