If you drew a straight line between where I live and the beach, it would be 2 miles. And how often do we go to the beach? The simple answer is not often enough, because every time I go I end up saying, “we need to do this more often.”
And what’s funny is the same thing’s true about using my backyard. We’ll just be getting ready to sit down for dinner with friends or family, and my wife Kelly will say “why don’t we go outside and eat?” So we do and at some point I end up saying “we need to do this more often.”
We all know everything is better outside, so why the hesitation? It’s certainly not because I don’t it like, because I do. In fact, I even like it in crappy weather (as long as I’m covered). When we lived in Toronto, Kel and I would sit all bundled up on our tinybalcony, with a hot toddy of some kind and watch it snow. I suppose I just don’t think about it enough, so the simple answer may be, at least in part to think ‘outside first.’
But what if you don’t like your outside? Then how about you consider changing it? Of course you create a space that would be your outdoor Mecca - install a fire pit, a water feature, a grill island, a pergola etc.
But maybe you don’t want to or can’t do that – and that’s no problem because change of any kind is still tremendous. Perhaps working towards a small quiet area for reading or relaxing would do it? Maybe the addition of a potted herb garden would help encourage getting out there. Or simply a new chair to sit (or sleep) in could be the key. Btw, an outdoors nap is truly one of the great things you can do for yourself.
But I digress, so I’ll end with these points:
• Think about doing things outside more often
• Make a change to make you want to go out there
Whatever you do, do something to get yourself out there. I think you’ll be glad you did.