I love to be outside. The summer is the best. I have my garden and I love working in my yard with my flowers. I love walking outside breathing in God fresh air. I just walk and thank him for letting me be able to enjoy another day he has made.
We live in a rural area, but sometimes it is still hard to get beyond our yard. It's not really safe to walk alone. There are quite a few hunting seasons, and even with hunter's orange I don't feel quite at ease in the woods those days - plus I suspect hunters would rather I wasn't interfering with their hunt anyway. Living near a highway, even though not a super highway, is still dangerous due to fast moving vehicles. And last, we do have to drive to get anywhere, so we spend plenty of time in the car instead of walking where we need to go. However, there certainly are many green views and opportunities to enjoy our yard. It's great to read that it doesn't take oodles of space to reap the benefits of natural surroundings.
I make it a habit of walking outdoors every day. I particularly love to walk in the deep woods or out on the lake in the winter. Being surrounded by the great outdoors reconnects me to the world and everything in it.
I do like to mix it up and walk outside. I am fortunate to live a couple of blocks from a walking path with a stream running through the middle. Unfortunately the area in which I live is prone to be very windy especially in the summer which detracts from my enjoyment of being outside for my walk. I turned one of the bedrooms our children vacated into a special, nourishing, space for me. I have a desk, computer, bookshelves and treadmill in here. I have photos of nature on the walls. The treadmill faces the window so I can look outside and see trees and sky. The computer provides whatever music I am in in the mood for. That works well for me as a substitute for being outside when I find the wind unbearably irritating.
I know how good it is to get outside in nature. There are times when I spend too much time indoors and the minute I step outside into the sunlight and feel the breeze, and just seeing the green or Autumn colors of nature, it lifts my spirits and I feel so much better. And now that I have my Cochlear Implant activated, I will be able to hear so much more of the sounds of outside. It's fantastic!!
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