Turn Off the TV; Go Outside!
I love the outdoors. I love the feeling of the sun on my face and my arms. I love the feeling of the wind flowing through my hair, and the rush of energy you get zooming down a hill on a bike. The only problem is that sometimes I forget that I love the outdoors. I forget how nice it feels to do something, instead of watching four episodes of some TV show that I will forget five minutes after I watch it. Sometimes I have to put down the Ipod, turn off the TV, and go outside.
I think one of the reasons that I haven’t been outside in a while is because it was so cold. I’m not really a person who likes cold weather, so I didn’t go outside much this winter. Really, I went a whole weekend not coming into any contact with nature or outside at all. Now that I think about it, I wish that I could have gone outside more than I did. At the same time, it was SO COLD! It was like playing inside a freezer. Still, I should have played outside more.
Never Take Nice Weather for Granted
One thing this cold weather has taught me was never to take nice weather for granted. I spent all of February and March hoping for warm weather. I refused to take my coat to school during March, because I thought winter coats in March was ridiculous. Now that it’s nice out, I want to go outside more. I went for a bike ride yesterday, which felt awesome. I rode down this really big hill that we have by our house, and I felt the speed, the power, and the sheer invincibility. It was the best feeling ever.
One of my goals for this summer is to get up when the sun’s coming up, and go for a run. I like running. I like how it makes you feel tired, but still powerful. I’m on my school’s Cross Country team, and I love it. Actually, I have sort of mixed feelings about the running part of Cross Country. While I’m running, I want nothing more than to stop. However, after I run, I feel good, and I’m glad I did.
Outside is Free
Sometimes it can be hard to unplug from all of our devices, and go outside. Nothing grabs our attention outside, like fancy graphics, or music, or fun buttons. Outside is totally free of all that. That’s the reason I love it. It’s simple, but still wonderful. You have a choice on whatever you want to do. Computer’s have tons of rules. You can’t go here. You have to stay here. You have to finish this before that. Outside is free and wonderful. Don’t forget to look out the window, smell the roses, and go outside. See you next week!
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