I’m not much of an outdoorsy type. I’m terrified of bees, I hate heat and I don’t really like to get dirty. A couple of years I tried to become a gardener, but after one whole week I gave up. My Dad tried to rescue my poor excuse for a garden, but it was beyond saving by that point.
But tonight I spent two hours outside – and I LOVED it! I worked this evening, and after supper I took the girls and my little man outside to burn off some energy. It was a little chilly with the wind, but the fresh air was, well, refreshing! The girls made some lovely sidewalk chalk drawings (including one of me as Rapunzel and my ‘Prince Charming’ coming to save me!) and we had a scavenger hunt. After that we played Simon Says and Toilet Tag (oh the incarnations of that simple game!). All of a sudden it was 8:30 and time for the girls to get ready for bed. I was so shocked that over two hours had passed since I’d set foot outside – and that I enjoyed it!
The weird thing, though, is that I’m always awed by nature. I remember one particular weekend when my cousin Heather took me to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver.
I climbed on top of a huge rock and laid out in the sun, looking west towards Vancouver Island. There was not a cloud in the sky that day. The water was shining because of the sun’s reflection and a little otter darted in and out of the water below. I looked north towards Horseshoe Bay, then south towards Vancouver and thought, “Does it get any better than this?” It was an awe-inspiring moment. Remembering it now, it reminds me that one of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t do more outdoorsy stuff when I lived in Vancouver. I should have spent more time in Stanley Park, more time watching the sunset from Jericho Beach and more time exploring the beautiful flower gardens.
So sometimes being outside actually does make me happy! I think I need to do more of it.