I remember being eight years old and the feeling that would stir within me, the yearning of wanting to remain outside until the last possible minute of every day of summer.
My sisters and I would wake up early and work eagerly hard to invent any and every possible game to play outside. From our very own version of survivor to putting on magic shows or carnivals in our front yard for our entire block (usually involving our parents as our sole participants and customers), we felt alive in nature.
There is something that only natural air, rather than conditioned can provide a soul, a spark of creativity and wonder.
Something changes when we grown older. We often change much of our natural light for fluorescent bulbs. Those enchanting outdoor moments dissolve into adult responsibilities. However, I truly believe that despite the new responsibilities we might take on in our adult lives, our enthusiasm of being outdoors does not have to lose its luster.
When Casey and I moved to Pennsylvania, I was so incredibly thankful and humbled by the abundant new and unique trails, routes, and places that really made me appreciate this new state we landed in.
It isn’t about seeing or exploring everything at once, rather it’s about embracing each time we have the opportunity to have a moment of exploration. To feel refreshed in the joy of that instance, even if you only get to spend a few minutes outdoors each day.
While schedule conflicts in life will undoubtedly arise, I hope that you find peace through embracing nature when possible. I encourage you, to seek nature, time outdoors (even if only for a few minutes each day).
During the week, we usually try to spend our time outdoors during the week by going on walks with our dogs. Most of the time we walk near our home, but sometimes drive up to the apple orchard that is nearby when we have a little extra time. This is not only a great way to get our bodies moving, but also allows us to take in the new sights around us and explore.
On the weekends, we try to spend a little more time outdoors in the form of hikes, ice skating, going to new parks, or strolling downtown or through areas such as Sampsonia Way (a neighborhood with a mission of providing sanctuary to literary writers who were exiled and under threat of persecution).
There is such a calming effect that nature has. It unplugs you from technology, provides some vitamin D, and has so many other benefits.
No matter what city you are in, I encourage you to find a change of scenery, a new path, a new trail, or a new block to take a stroll on and to find the beauty near your home. May you find beauty there, a sense of peace and joy from your explorations!
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