I'm going to be trying something new out and making a post every Monday titled Muir Monday. I'm an outdoor enthusiast and love everything about being outside, so hopefully a bit of that will rub off on you. And with John Muir being the epitome of an outdoor junkie, I figured including him in on it wouldn't hurt.
In a survey conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) they found that people in the United States spend 87 percent of their time indoors, mostly at either home or work. Bear in mind, that’s an average. Many people spend much more of their lives inside.
John Muir knew that getting into the wild was an essential to life well lived. “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...” -John Muir.
Spending time outdoors in nature keeps us grounded, gives us perspective, and rejuvenates the soul. We have all experienced this sense of vertigo when we find ourselves in a beautiful, natural setting, and it is an experience that a lot of people have forgotten. Luckily, it's an easy and quick fix!
Today is November 6th, and sunset is at 5:01 PST, so, if you're feeling a little down about your day, or just trying to get a quick, natural high, take a hike. Walk the beach, listen to the waves crash, smell the warm salty air, and watch as the sun sinks below the horizon as it has time and time again.
It always helps to grab a friend and an animal companion too!