A walk in the woods can do ya some good
Go fill your lungs with fresh, crisp air from the great outdoors and listen to your heart beat in time with the hum of nature. A walk in the woods can do you some good.
The dead of winter is the best time to take this walk. Ponds are frozen over, trees bare from root to tip, and animals are burrowed deep within the earth’s crevasses. You might hear the whistle of a bluejay in the distance, the trickle of thawing icicles, or even the crunch of leaves underneath your shoes. However, most of the forest seems to be silent and still. It is as if the deer and the squirrels simply forgot to set their alarm clock. The forest is peaceful and content, welcoming you with a sleepy smile and a quiet hello. It is not as difficult as one may think to experience the depth and beauty of a place such as this. A path in the woods is often times not so far from our own dwellings. We have the magic of Mother Earth’s creations right at our fingertips, but often times we forget how easy it is to experience; how easy it is to just take a walk.
I know that it can be a daunting task to peel your body off of the couch and go outside. It is especially difficult in the wintertime when you open the front door and are greeted with an icy, cold slap in the face from Mother Nature. But instead of thinking about the outdoors as a place to run away from, think of this slap as a way of Mother Nature greeting you to an unknown world. She is slapping you awake from your indoor hibernation and urging you to come and play.
As I said, I know it can be very hard to leave the warmth of your cocoon: the nest of sheets and takeout chinese food that have become your bed. Believe me, I’ve been there. However, I am not asking you to perform a difficult task. I am not asking you to go outside and train for a marathon. I am not even asking you to jog. I am simply asking you to walk. Call it strolling if that makes you feel better. We must not forget that we are equipped with feet that will take us in any direction that we choose. Take a step outside of yourself by going outside. Bring a book, your camera, or a friend. Soon enough it will become clear how the dead of winter can make you feel more alive than ever.
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