Last time, I talked about my indoor obsession with “Game of Thrones”. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you to get outside. Yesterday, I spent a good portion of my day working in my yard. The rain we were getting here in Mississippi had my yard looking like the Amazon. I saw weeds and strange plants that I have never seen before anywhere…ever. So, my dog China and I spent most of the day outside making my yard presentable. It was about 50 degrees but it felt amazing while I was sweating over my crazy yard (and also trying to keep my dog from attacking the lawnmower). Once I was done cutting grass, pruning bushes that my short arms could reach, and jamming to Pandora blasting in my headphones, I had a feeling of satisfaction. It wasn’t just completing the daunting mission of turning my jungle back into a yard, but just of being outside. The smell of plants in bloom and of fresh-cut grass did something to my soul. I felt the feeling of renewal that the spring could bring.
Last week, my husband wanted to go fishing. Though I don’t fish (I was attacked by a catfish in New Mexico and I can’t bait the hook without feeling queasy), I accompanied my husband while he fished. It was just nice hanging out with my man by the reservoir as he fished. I looked around and saw old and young fishing and enjoying the day. After spending the winter indoors, the reservoir was a welcomed change.
You don’t have to be some sort of outdoors man or fitness person to enjoy the outdoors. Get out and take a walk around the neighborhood. Find a park, a pond, or a trail to explore. Just get out there and shake off the winter. Feel the spring air, smell and look at the flowers in bloom. I hope you get the sense of renewal that I felt when I stepped outside.