As far back as I can remember, I always loved being outdoors; at the beach or going for walks in the national park, just exploring the outdoors has always made me feel happy and peaceful.
Nowadays, we, especially younger generations, spend so much time inside that it seems the digital world is more valued and important than the natural one. Nature is something that I feel is very underappreciated. Not only is it one of the most powerful and complex systems on earth, I believe it’s one of the most interesting – look closely and you will see that everything has its place and purpose.
As I get older, I find my life is becoming more stressful and fast paced, which is why I love to escape back to nature and believe being outside surrounded by it is good for the soul, here’s why:
1) It is a reminder that you are not infinite.
Step outside, and you’ll see the circle of life performing right in front of you. Plants and animals live and die to make room for the next generation- just as humans are mortal, so is nature, there are no exceptions to that rule. When we spend time in nature, we are reminded that life is fleeting — and sometimes we need that perspective in order to remember to live fully in the present. Nothing is permanent, and that’s what makes life so precious.
2) It has a calming effect on us.
Who doesn’t love sunrises and sunsets? Being in nature reminds me of the beauty of life and that my problems are not bigger than myself. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, I find walking by the beach and hearing the sound of waves to be instantly calming and soothing. Next time you feel angry, lost or hurt, remove yourself from your current environment and head off for a walk. You will be surprised at how much better you feel afterwards.
3) Chaos is part of life.
You don’t need to be outside to understand this one. All you need to do is watch a thunderstorm from your window to remember that nature is not always peaceful, there is mayhem and conflict brewing within it. Chaos is inevitable and life is not always going to go the way we like. Watching a storm is a reminder that while there may be chaos and destruction in your life, like the storm it will pass and balance will be restored. There’s always a chance you’ll find a rainbow at the end.
4) You feel alive.
Being amongst nature gives me this sense that there is something greater than myself, that everything works in tandem with one another. That everything (good and bad) happens for some greater reason that in the moment we do not know about. For me it is one of the most reassuring things that God is with me, and that I don’t have to worry.
5) It is inspiring and the possibilities are endless
I was having major writer’s block (yeah I know a shocker) and I was completely lost on what to do next. I was sitting by the beach contemplating when I got the idea to write this blog. Nature has sparked creativity for centuries. It’s seen in paintings, songs and poems across the world. Let’s not forget that there’s always something to do, whether it is just taking a walk alone, or exploring your local National Park, it is ever changing and there’s always something new to discover.
“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty, the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.” – Sir David Attenborough
Nature is one of humanity’s greatest gifts. When in nature, treat it with the respect it deserves – our existence depends on it. Take a few minutes out of your day to go outside, go for a walk and give your mind the freedom to roam with minimal distractions and ponder life in its purest form.