Why Going Outside Will Change Your Life
Who Wants To Go Down To The Woods Today?
“I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”*
I moved to Cornwall for a life by the ocean in 2013 and have never looked back, but as soon as my foot touched the earth in Cardinham Woods, I wanted to laugh and smile. Driving from the wild Atlantic Ocean into the thick, deep woodland stirred some kind of intuition within my soul.
Hello old friend.
The essential facts of life; earth and water.
The quote pictured in the photograph at the beginning of this gentle rambling was taken on a visit to Walden Pond, America in 2011. Famously associated with Thoreau’s most famous work, Walden, you are still able to visit the site of his cabin that became his home for two years. My point however isn’t that you need to abandon the modern world entirely for a cabin in the woods (although, that doesn’t sound too awful), but just that it is so incredibly fundamental to our well-being to step outside and acknowledge this essential and wild beauty.
‘Things don’t change, we change.” *
Five years has passed between the photograph from Walden Pond and the photograph below, taken at Cardinham Woods. I have changed. The passing of time can sometimes feels unbearable, but reflecting on then and now, a lot has happened. However, despite all of the days and months that come and go and all of the changes that we go through, one smell or sound can bring you back to the essence of who you hold yourself to be at the core of whatever you choose to fill your days doing.
One tiny little, friendly nudge to be able to see, if only for one slight second, the workings of the earth and our integral place within it.
I am writing this selfishly in an attempt to plant in my own mind the importance of placing myself in front of beauty more often. I live by the beach, yet weeks can go by without taking a step on to the glorious sandy shores. What seems like years have gone by and I haven’t immersed myself in some wonderful, thick woodland. That smell of trees. You can feel more truth in one moment than you might have truly felt in years.
Perspective & balance – we all need it.
With spring taking its first yawn after a deep sleep and shining it’s glorious little face in our direction, there really is no better time to get outside and live your beautiful life.