I spent approximately two hours outside this morning receiving a tour of a nature preserve for an article I’m working on.
Instead of waking up and preparing to go to an office, I threw on some cargo shorts, old sneakers and readied myself for a short hike. It wasn’t a two-hour nonstop trek, but a stop-and-talk stroll around the perimeter of a 200-acre preserve. It was still good exercise.
My mind is mentally trained to spending hours per day sitting in a cubicle.
So it was kind of thrown for a loop when I diverted from that norm this morning. The two hours was spent meandering through nature, observing trees and plants, and some animals. You know how it goes. We’ve all hiked.
But I haven’t done anything of this sort in a long time. I seriously cannot remember the last time I hiked.
And when I do hike, it’s usually at a time when there’s nothing else to do but hike. Like when I travel upstate. Or visit a remote house for a weekend trip with friends in the middle of nowhere.
I learned that sometimes it’s good to throw your mind for a loop.
Because as I drove back to the office afterwards, I couldn’t stop myself from smiling. I was in a great mood, ready to take on the day. It’s a far departure from the usual hump day, when we all start looking ahead to Friday, realizing how close-yet-so-far it is, usually leading to some type of midweek lethargy.
But not this Wednesday.
Most people don’t have access to a 200-acre preserve. But that shouldn’t stop us from trying to expose ourselves to the outside world every so often. To become one with nature.
Spending an hour outside in beautiful weather can have the same reinvigorating effect as a weekend getaway. And sometimes, the best time to recharge your mental batteries is when you didn’t realize you needed it to begin with.
I challenge you all to do more outdoor activities. If you can find a way to escape your job for a brief respite during the week, and be outside — even if you’re working remotely from an outdoor setting — then that’s ideal. If not, plan something for the weekend. That’ll do just fine.
The average person’s time spent outdoors is walking to and from their car.
I think I’m going to try and change that.