“The Perils of Staying Inside”

A friend of mine shared a profound article with me from the Wall Street Journal, titled “Mom Was Right: Go Outside”.  It touches on evidence that being outdoors, especially in nature, improves mood, creativity, and general well-being.

The article definitely hit home for me.  I’ve been an avid “indoorsman” since birth. I hated being outside, for pretty much any reason.  It took me 35 years, but I’ve discovered exactly what this article describes.  At the beginning of this year, I went on the first real camping trip that I’d been on in my adult life.  I was so deeply impacted by that simple one-night trip, I almost immediately made plans for a second. I took up kayaking and since have been on the water more weekends than not.  The almost overwhelming calm I experience when I’m camping or kayaking is as powerful as the anxiety for which I take prescription drugs. Being outdoors hyperconnects me with nature in the opposite direction that I’m otherwise hyperconnected with the electronic world. I hope that WSJ article inspires someone. I so wish I’d discovered this sooner in life. I’m now the weirdo that takes pause in a strip-mall parking lot to point out the Snowy Egret to my four-year-old daughter.  I’m really okay with that.

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