I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that it’s been four months since I last took a walk outside. There was a point in my life when I took at least a 10 minute walk outside every day, regardless of the heat or cold, or sunshine or rain (or sleet or snow…). But since November, I just haven’t had a reason to face undesirable weather and get my rear end out for a walk each afternoon; so I just haven’t done it.
Today looked like it was going to be another stay-indoors kind of a day for me – but then my sweetie mentioned (suggested, nudged) that it was a gorgeous day outside, and that he was going to take a walk and get some sunshine and fresh air. I didn’t exactly pop up out of my chair. Yes, the sun was out (and I’m all about sunshine); but there were (are) still chunks of snow on the ground, and I dislike cold more than I like sun. My sweetie then offered, “You can come with me if you want…”. I’m a sucker for spending time with my sweetie, so I agreed.
As we stepped through the front door, I immediately felt the wonder of spring. I loved seeing the bright sun, I adored smelling the fresh air, and I didn’t mind the cool wind that was batting at my ears. My sweetie and I walked and talked, and I felt buoyed by our shared conversation, as well as our shared moments of silence; I just liked our general time together.
I have had kind of a rough go of things this winter (as I think many of us in my city have had; these past several months have not been kind to all of us [what with the bitter cold, and the excessive snow, and the gray days…]); but I think this winter has affected me more than winters of years past – in part because I haven’t had those daily walks.
So today’s venture outside was more than an opportunity to stretch my legs and get some fresh air; it was a rejuvenation of sorts. And a good reminder. I need to walk outside every day. Heat or cold, sunshine or rain. There is something about “outside” that buoys my spirits, and buffers me against the harsher tides of life. I’m grateful to my sweetie for indirectly (perhaps even inadvertently) showing this to me.
So onward! To the outdoors. To wonderful companions and friends. To life. To walking.