Wednesday 27 May 2015

On the Importance of the Outdoors

The majority of us spend a great deal of time indoors. A roof over our heads and the heating settings at our choosing, we have everything we need in our homes. And whenever we don’t have a certain something we can just get into a rooved-vehicle and pop to the shops to get it. My point is,  our time is dominated by our ever so busy lives, and we never seem to enjoy them as much as we could or value the fantastic world around us.
    We spend so much of our time indoors that it can sometimes feel suffocating and confining. Sometimes all we need is a bit of fresh air. Fresh air to calm the mind, stimulate our imagination and make us more aware and appreciative of our surroundings. We need to escape what can occasionally become our monotonous daily routine and take time out to explore. Because with exploring comes new places, new passions, new interests and new friends. When we travel we gain a greater understanding of not just ourselves, but of people and humans as a whole.
    We spend more of our time outdoors, and I believe that we will be a lot better for it. And yes, those of you who know me in real life may call me a hypocrite as I do stay inside too long than I would care to say. 
    However, that is set to change. 
    I’m going to take a walk in the garden more often, bring my book outside instead of reading it on my bed, and just generally do more outside, whether it's having a picnic or going for a long hike. I’ve decided on this for a number of reasons, the main being that being outside has many health benefits – both mentally and physically. I really want to give my imagination a boost, as at times the lack of it can become draining, and what’s the use in writing if there’s no imagination behind it? I also want to add a little change and alteration in my routine. Just by going outdoors more often will switch things up and make tasks that would otherwise have been boring (for example, revision, homework etc.) a bit more colourful.

Tell me what you think of my plan in the comments. Do you think it will have a positive impact on my life?

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