go outside.

30 Jun

We’re coming up on a long weekend and, at this point in the week, I’m sure you’ve completely checked out and are planning your three-day nothing-fest.  Oh the places you will go!  Maybe you’ll have a big Saturday and parlay pancakes into an ice-chest full of back porch Miller Light and round third on an evening of on-line gaming.  Oh no, better yet, maybe you’ll get really active and work out that thumb, switching between Wimbledon and World Cup.  Man, the 4th of July’s gonna’ rule! I love independence!

Guys, we’ve begun equating relaxation with inactivity.  We’ve lost touch with the Earth – our dominion, our home, and our sanctuary.  What we’ve done is sought out comfort at all costs and forgotten how good it feels have dirt in our hands, sun on our necks, and fresh air to breath.  It’s time to get back to the basics.

Here’s the homework:  This weekend, go outside.  For real, start planning something right now that will aid in reintroducing you to the Earth.  Maybe you could take a nice hike, kayak, or bike ride. Maybe you could go so far as to buy a cheap tent and spend a night outside (it’s called camping).  Whatever you do, go beyond working in the yard and find, at least, a semi-beautiful place and bask in it. And by bask, I mean get rid of the phone, sweat a little bit,  look/smell/touch things, and be present for whatever may present itself.  Your instincts will take over when you get there.

Now listen, I know you’ve got World Cup fever (when will this terrible event end!) and have been working hard.  I don’t want to guilt you into not enjoying your home and 97 inch TV.   What I want from you is balance.  A balance between TV and nature, air conditioning and photosynthesis, your natural habitat and the one you’re paying monthly on.

Grown Men, go outside.

13 Responses to “go outside.”

  1. pbandchutney 30 June 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    yesss!!!! that’s all I have to say.

  2. mct88 30 June 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    take your lady friend for a walk too!!!

    • You're a Grown Man 1 July 2010 at 6:06 pm #

      Oh yeah, totally…being outside is a great community event. Lady friend, kids, dog, gold fish, the whole gang will love it!

  3. lookingforsomethingtofind 30 June 2010 at 6:19 pm #

    I’ve started a routine of hiking, since I am within walking distance to a sizable nature preserve, I love it, it has to be the best part of my day.

    • You're a Grown Man 1 July 2010 at 6:06 pm #

      Oh man, how lucky are you! I’m within walking distance of a 7-11 and funeral home. mmmmmmmm, Slurpee, mmmmmmmmm

  4. ashleyhh 30 June 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    Definitely, I just went white water rafting today and it was incredible. Seeing God’s beauty in nature is spectacular.

    • You're a Grown Man 1 July 2010 at 6:07 pm #

      White water rafting! Now that’s a way to go outside…spectacular indeed.

  5. pduan 30 June 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    Totally agree GM.

    But come on, the World Cup is the greatest thing that comes around every 4 years. Didn’t you feel the buzz leading up to the US-Ghana match? Where else are you going to get that feeling?!

    • You're a Grown Man 1 July 2010 at 6:10 pm #

      No no no, the greatest thing that comes around every four years is the summer Olympics. It’s like the World Cup, but exciting and less horn-filled.

      Please don’t hate me because I’m a snobby American.

  6. spiritofshizuku 2 July 2010 at 12:47 am #

    There is nothing better than being outside! Stick me outside on a sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, summer, fall, winter or spring day with the right accouterments and I will be a happy girl.

  7. blogmella 2 July 2010 at 11:10 am #

    I love camping. Back to basics and as relaxed as anyone could ever be, for most of it. Even a bit of rain is nice. And who knew there were so many STARS, away from the city lights? 😀

    Outdoors, men get to enjoy being strong and cooking on fire. It’s all good.


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