I've started an attempt to do a daily walk around my neighborhood both to make an effort to get some exercise, but also an attempt to get our of this winter funk that I've found myself in. Lacking motivation to do much of anything isn't a way to go through life and enjoy it, so I'm devoting myself to making an enjoyable life happen. My first step, both figuratively and literally, is to strap on my tennis shoes and head out the door. I've started out with just walking a little over 1.30 miles and will build this up...but this isn't about my statistics. It's about my observations about myself and the life that is happening every day around me, whether I decide to participate in it or not.
It's easy to become a bit of a hermit in the winter months. Going outdoors is a chore, not to mention it's usually cold and dreary and let's face it, it's just easier to stay inside and concentrate on your own little cocoon. However, it's also easy to allow that to become a shell that you put up to keep the rest of the world out and that can be a dangerous frame of mind. You miss out on lots of things, and most of all you miss out on the beauty around you. You miss out on the literal beauty, but also the beauty of everyday people going about their everyday lives and the events in them. This was illustrated to me today as I had an epiphany of sorts while out on my little neighborhood walk. I didn't have to go far to find it either.
I only came across 2 actual living people while out, but the evidence of life changes and movements were all around. The signs of the stages of life were all around and even though I've done this same walk just yesterday, I hadn't yet opened my eyes up and allowed the inspiration in. From the spring flowers to the moving truck to the husband and wife returning from some errand, life was happening all around and carrying on whether I noticed it or not, whether I sat in my "cave" or not. Life goes on. Our choice is whether we have the strength to make the decision to let it in. For some, like me, it's not an easy choice in every circumstance. Sometimes it's just easier to not worry about getting out there and being in the world. It's just easier to hide away and exist within our own little world and lives that we make within the walls of our home and our mind.
Spring is a renewal for both the outdoors and the indoors, that is the indoors that is my mind. I'm tackling the spring with a renewed hope and focus that I can make things happen around me and move forward with my efforts to cultivate a life that is worth living and is enjoyable on multiple levels. All I had to do is take that first step out the door.