For anyone who knows me, knows that I am at home in the outdoors. A fanatic. In general, I guess it is because I enjoy experiencing new things, even if it doesn’t involve the outdoors… and there is always something new to experience wherever you go. The ultimate healing of the mind, I believe. And go with someone you are very close with or go alone (just tell people where that may be). It will ALWAYS be an experience to remember, whether it be a good one or a bad one, you come out having learned something new and in general, loving yourself and the people around you more. I am going to share a list of reasons (in no particular order) to experience the wilderness.
Here is a photo I took with a disposable camera after hiking through the Badlands, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons... an indescribable experience, one of many.
1. Don’t Make Excuses If You Are Uncomfortable.
To people who are hesitant to get outside in the elements, you will never know the benefits of these experiences until you actually push yourself to do it. People who don’t do things they are uncomfortable with leave no room for themselves to grow. Keep that in mind next time you make an excuse to experience something new that you’re uncomfortable with. Your life’s knowledge is solely based off the experiences you willingly and unwillingly make.
2. The Outdoors Is The Ultimate Mind Healer.
I am actually not making this up… there have been numerous studies that show mental illness patients heal up to 60% faster when they are near the ocean or in an area that is not inhabited and not developed by people. These are just the studies, but I can tell you from personal experience that it is absolutely true. Whenever I am feeling blue, or under a lot of stress in my life, I get outside. And I ALWAYS return feeling noticeably happier and refreshed… not just for a short period of time, but indefinitely. Don’t believe me, try it for yourself… doesn’t have to be a far place, just get out for a couple days either by yourself or with a few close people in your lives. There are many things on the internet that will show you what you need for certain activities, do a search, or better yet, ASK ME!!!
3. You Appreciate Things Far More Than Ever.
Placing yourself in places that are more remote than you’re used to, forces you to appreciate the things you would otherwise take for granted. When you go someplace where you can’t sleep at 71 degrees F, can’t have running water at your disposal, or such things as toilets, ovens, a bed… you learn what is actually important in life. A shower becomes a treasure and beds become a luxury. Your eyes open and you love everything you have in your life that much more. Again, these are things that are hard to understand until you actually get out.
4. You Have Fun!
This is probably the most directly obvious one. There is nothing more satisfying than making new experiences, especially with some of the people you love. You do things that you cannot do when you’re at home and all the stresses you would otherwise have, are gone. It’s a fact that when you smile, your body releases chemicals that make you happier… and you smile A LOT when you get outside.
5. You Get More Exercise Than You Remotely Realize
This seems basic, but I bring it up for a reason. The biggest reason is that America (and a lot of the world) is becoming frighteningly overweight. Why do we accept the fact that 1/3 of the population is fat? Anyway, my point is that when you go to a gym and workout, you eventually stop after exerting yourself past a point. When you are in the wilderness, you don’t realize that you work all aspects of fitness and burn several thousand calories a day because you are having fun!
6. One In A Lifetime Experiences All The Time
I can for a fact, define a one-in-a-lifetime experience for every single instance I have left for time in the outdoors. Whether it be a local day hike at a state park or a month long venture through the Grand Tetons… I ALWAYS come out with at least one experience that probably will never happen again. And better yet, more often then not, you experience it with somebody else. It creates an everlasting bond that only strengthens your relationship… and a story that will last a lifetime. I can’t stress this enough, this is essentially why I enjoy it so much. You would be crazy to underestimate this point.
7. It Gives You Something To Improve On, Like A Hobby
When you enjoy something, you naturally want to get better at it. With experience, you naturally become better… but you also enjoy trying new things. After you have done this for a while, you might want to learn new ways and uses to build a fire, learn new uses for various tools, perfecting the art of navigation… the possibilities are endless. In a way, it becomes a hobby that you can develop. Not only are there those who experience the outdoors and those who don’t, but there are those who have learned the outdoors more than others. It is just another way to experience new things, make things more fun and satisfy the brain’s desire for improving on something.
That is all I can think of right now as far as general topics and I could delve into each one of them into great detail… and maybe I will sooner or later… if you have anything to add, go right ahead! I always love hearing new reason and experiences related to the outdoors. Also, if you are interested in getting into the outdoors but don’t know where to start, contact me! I absolute LOVE helping people get involved in such activities and I feel like I have a wide range of experiences and knowledge to help get anyone started in any outdoor activity.
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