July 3, 2022 | Issue #23
1 Quote. 1 Reflection. 1 Question.
"Most people are on the world, not in it — have no conscious sympathy or relationship to anything about them — undiffused, separate, and rigidly alone like marbles of polished stone, touching but separate."
-From: John Muir
We are often told that our 20s should be all gas no breaks. We should be diving head first into our careers, expanding our networks, and working towards promotions.
While at the same time being told to take trips with friends, find hobbies, and create lifetime memories.
All of these things are good but sandwiched together, can make your 20s go by in a blink of an eye.
As a child, you wandered the playground, parks, or fields in your neighborhood. You spent hours outside without a plan and lost track of time more often than not. You noticed the trees sway from left to right on a breezy day and felt the sharp grass on your bare feet. Your calendar was open and you didn't have a care in the world.
Nowadays we hardly notice nearby trees as we refresh Instagram for the 100th time and we can't hear the birds chirp because we listen to our favorite podcast at 2.5 speed.
The average adult is living on the earth and not in it. I put myself in this group and you probably do too, and that's okay.
So, try to build a habit of getting outside one day per week. Set yourself up for success and begin with 2 minutes of uninterrupted outside time. If you are worried about stealing precious time away from work or other obligations consider what these people have to say about nature.
Anne Frank said that being outside in the quiet was the best remedy for unhappiness.
Tim Ferriss, author of the famous 4 Hour WorkWeek, talks about how nature brings him inter peace.
Ryan Holiday, A New York Times Best Selling Author, talks about how he came up with his popular book series while spending quiet time in the woods with his family.
There is scientific and anecdotal evidence that spending time in nature is good for your mental health and well-being. So, regardless of your goals, quality time outside will help you achieve them.
Let's start living in the world and not just on it.
What changes would you have to make to ensure you get quality time outside?
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