Anyone who knows me is totally aware of my obsession with the park that I live next to! In fact, they are probably sick to death with my park posts.
I get to walk through this little haven twice a day on my commute to work and every day I am in awe of my surroundings thanking my lucky stars that I get to live in such a beautiful place. I’m the crazy park lady who stops to take pictures of everything, who stands and watches the squirrels be oh so cute and to watch the sun bounce of the lake as the sun sets. I have a genuine emotional attachment to this park and nature in general, one that I believe would be beneficial to everyone!
When spring was still with us I documented the growth of some baby goslings that I saw every morning and one day when they turned into fully fledged geese I honestly felt like my kids had grown up and left home… this is normal right?
Before I went in for my operation I made sure to spend as much time as possible with nature as I knew I wouldn’t be able to for a while. I made regular visits to my local farm, I visited my wedding venue which is surrounded by the most gorgeous grounds and took a trip to Flatford to watch the cows migrate across the fields whilst rowing a boat down the river … I know right! (seriously rowing is a lot harder than it looks and it WAS NOT as graceful as I’ve made it sound – imagine a lot of crashing into the bank, swearing and trying to ensure my friends dog didn’t jump in, sending us both flying!!)
Today I walked through my park for the first time in about a month and it got me thinking. I was hobbling down the path with my aircast and crutches and stopped… I had honestly never been so happy to see a squirrel in my life and all my troubles melted away, I was home!
- Nature doesn’t judge you. You are able to be 100% yourself and it doesn’t care, in fact it loves you more for it! Even if you’re unsure of exactly who you are, it will help you find out. It’s like the bestest friend you could ever wish for… giving you all the answers without saying a single word.
2. It is beauty at it’s finest! Nothing doctored, nothing fake … just nature doing it’s thing, absolutely babeing without even having to try. (like that girl at school you were always jealous of except you don’t get jealous of the trees.)
3. It’ metaphorical – You can interpret you life through the cycle of nature. The tree’s start shedding their leaves in the autumn and it automatically makes you feel like you need to let go of the negativity, purify and regrow as a better version of yourself. Like the therapist who never charges.
4. It heals. Nature is meditation for the soul. Sitting in the peaceful tranquility watching the world go by can completely alter your state of mind – it’s calming. Things that were annoying you seem to slip away into an abyss of nothingness. Nothing matters except that moment – This is living, truly appreciating the moment while it’s happening … totally recommend this by the way!
5. It’s free!! Nature will never charge you for the privilege.
6. It gets your creative juices flowing. The colours, the smells the sights! Whether your a budding photographer, painter or craftsmen – it is impossible not to be inspired by the wilderness. And the beauty of it is… it doesn’t belong to anyone, you are free to interpret it however you wish and nobody can tell you otherwise.
7. It allows you to reflect. It makes you grateful for who you are and what you have. Just sit and marvel at the fact that you live in a world, culture and society that enables you to experience such a thing.
8. You appreciate the innocence of animals… that cute little squirrel scurrying around after its friend, the ducklings following their mother across the lake in a perfect line, the birds like synchronized swimmers of the sky.
9. You can make great memories in the wild. As much as we all like to sit in a cocktail bar, dressed in a pretty LBD and sipping on champagne, there is nothing quite like chucking on a pair of wellies and going for a walk through the woods with your friends. The back drop to your photos are a million times better, you aren’t worried about how you look, whether you are acting appropriately, what you’re saying… you can relax and be yourself! And best of all you feel fresh as a daisy – nobody ever got a hangover from fresh air, remember that 🙂
10. Nature makes you feel at peace with the world…. whilst gazing at the beauty that surrounds you it’s difficult not to think about it’s importance and worry for it’s very existence. I can’t imagine anyone goes for a walk through the park and thinks, do you know what… I’d much rather this was a block of high rise flats!
Appreciate nature, take care of it and it will take care of you!
Peace and love xoxo