Some of the best moments happen in nature.
This week I had the honor of meeting a lot of folks deeply passionate about nature and the elaborate park system we have right here in town. From cross-country skiing, to sledding, skating, to even walking, people are finding ways to connect with nature, no matter what the weather is like outside. I find that to be really inspiring.
It got me thinking and wondering about what aspect of the outdoors is most appealing to people or what draws us out of our homes to be one with nature at all times of the year? Is it a particular sight, sound, or feeling we crave? Is it the human way to peaceful reflection or just a momentary escape from reality?
For me, nature is my way of connecting with my inner spirit. I walk outside to enjoy what is naturally around me, sometimes snapping photos, or even pausing for a long moment to soak in a particular image or landscape. I feel most alive when I am without my gadgets and daily distractions.
It sounds so simple, but to fully drink in a deep breath of clean, crisp air is like a sip from the fountain of youth. That is one reason why I love being outside, and why I choose to walk to places rather than drive, or why I would rather listen to the birds than watch a show on TV. I've noticed some of the best answers I've needed in my life have come from just walking outside and listening to the wind.
So what if all of a sudden, there wasn't a park to go to, a hill to ski, a lake to swim in or trees to climb? How much different would your life be? What if we couldn't step out into the sun or smell a fresh rainfall because it was toxic? Some of the best gifts in life are right in front of us, at no cost.
If you've been waiting to explore that walking path or sledding hill, just do it. Your heart, mind and body will thank you!