Another year older, another year wiser! Today is my birthday and it’s been making me think of how fast time seems to be going at the moment. I think that the past year, I’ve been acting mechanically trying to push through the pandemic, stay on top of work in our new work-from-home norm, do daily workouts in, try focus on self improvement while social distancing and so it goes. On the other hand, I was reminded of so many beautiful things that I had taken for granted and that I now appreciate more than ever.
During the time that we’ve been confined to our homes, I think we’ve realised that spending more time in nature is essential to our well-being. When the restrictions started lifting ever so slightly last year, the first thing Ryan and I did was head out to Dinokeng nature reserve for a day trip just for a change of scenery and to fully submerge ourselves in nature. There is something about seeing a natural environment doing what it does when humans aren’t around that quiets the soul. We might begin to ask ourselves why it’s important to spend more time outdoors and when we truly analyse the benefits, it only encourages us to get outside.