Yesterday I sat by the river to allow some thoughts to fall out of my brain and onto my journal pages. It’s one of my favourite things to do. Living in a beautiful village in stunning Somerset makes it a no-brainer. But it’s not just the scenery that makes going outdoors an obvious part of my day, it’s also just because I’m human.
The human race as we know it, is only about 10,000 years old. So while our physical body is enjoying the indoor air conditioning on a warm day or underfloor heating in winter, our cave-person brain has no idea that we’ve trapped ourselves inside, behind four walls all day every day ON PURPOSE.
Not everyone is lucky enough to live where I live, but that shouldn’t stop people from stepping outdoors each day. Go find that one weird brightly coloured weed in the middle of a grey city. Or stand on your doorstep to hear the birds, or look at the clouds. Or actually stop your car, get out and look at that view you drive past each day on your way to work. And don’t do it just to exercise, or increase your vitamin D, or top up your suntan, or any other reductionist modern-day “reason” for going outdoor. Do it because you’re a human, and that’s what humans do.
You won’t regret the difference it will make in your life.