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The Absolute Essentials for the Outdoors

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When it comes to the outdoors, there is a sense of beauty and benevolence within its charm. For many outdoor enthusiasts, nature provides a sense of humanity that has long been impacted by the advancements within our worlds. As much as we can continue living out our days with our faces in our smartphones, we have to understand the vital importance that nature brings to our lives.

In the grand scheme of things, the outdoors gives us an opportunity to be one with ourselves. Throughout our lives, we are constantly consumed by our everyday task that we tend to lose sight on the greater things. Especially in today’s world with the rise of technology, many of us have become more distant and superficial from the true aspects of nature. Yes, we all have specific responsibilities and objectives to fulfill, but we cannot get lost and consumed by those responsibilities. If we do, we will inevitably face the overarching perils and downfalls of burning out.

Because of this, I would advise you take advantage of the various outdoor activities that nature has to offer such as camping and hiking. With these types of activities, you are not just gaining the physical healthy benefits of moving and exercising. Instead, you are also gaining the gift of nature. That entails the beauty, the art, and the spirituality that the world has to offer. In many ways, the world is still undeniably unexplored. While we cannot see everything, it does not mean you do not have the chance to engage with life. For years, the natural world has become more withdrawn. We, as a whole, have relied so much on technology that our lives are tailored for a more leisure style of living. But with how the world is now, it is important to enjoy the little things and view the world outside of the rose-colored technology glasses. Yes, various technological activities such as Pokémon Go and Fitbits forces thousands of users to engage with the world. But to truly gain a grasp of the importance of nature, we need to think bigger. We need to do more.

With that being said, I encourage you to spend some time within the outdoors. I may be biased because of my own personal experience and interest, but spending the time exploring and enjoying the world can be incredibly beneficial to your life. It can, in fact, reinvigorate that much-needed positivity to help you for the workweek.

To help you with this, consider the following activities below:

  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor rock climbing
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Running
  • Photography adventures
  • Visiting parks
  • Outdoor yoga

While this list can go on forever, just know that the possibilities for enjoyment are endless. You just need to decide whether or not you are willing to take that leap of faith and jump into unexplored opportunities that the outdoors have to offer.

The Beauty and Tranquility of Fishing

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Henry David Thoreau once said that, “I went to the woods because I wished 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 have not lived.” Exploring the outdoors has become a huge passion of mine. Like many people, it provides an unexplored beauty of adventure and tranquility. As much as we can get lost with the various technological gadgets in our everyday life, I would advise you to take the time and embrace the outdoor world around you.

Now, with it being summer time, one of my favorite pastimes and hobbies is to get out on the water and go fishing. While some people have specific reservations about fishing, what they really need to understand are the positive factors that fishing can have, especially within a group. To begin, as much as fishing is a journey, it can also be seen as an opportunity to escape the pressures and stresses of the world. In my mind, it is an incredibly cathartic experience. Simply getting out on the water with your friends allows you to clear your mind of all worries and enjoy the hunt of the game. While some people may view this as a lackluster activity, the ability to just float around and converse with your close friends is an experience that anyone can enjoy.

As for the hunt, there is a culmination of anticipation and pride. Similar to soccer and baseball, fishing is a patient sport. The much-anticipated wait will continue to build as you sit on the edge of your seat knowing that something out in the water, at any minute of the day, could snatch the bait and land you with that golden prize. While each fishing journey provides a wide range of opportunities, you cannot help but love the unknown.

Now, the true thrill is when that bait is caught. This is what I call, ‘on the hunt.’ Once you get that bite, a jolt of electricity seems to hit your body. For novices to the sport, you can immediately see a sense of gratification and happiness when this happens. In the grand scheme of things, there really is nothing like the first bite. As this happens, that is when you have the corroboration and support of your friends. The excitement and advice from them and the final applause once you reel the prize in the boat is truly a remarkable moment.

But what really makes this special is the camaraderie. As much as you see the support when you catch that big bite, the ability to spend your time with your friends and loved ones in an atmosphere where anything and everything are open for discussion is a beautiful moment. But even with that sense of collaboration, there are still simple instances of pleasant solitude. To just be in your thoughts as you wait for a catch is something people strive for each and every day. That ability to self-reflect and just think is rare and should never be taken for granted.

Now, to wrap everything up, the last benefit of the experience is dinner timer. Depending on where you go and what you catch, many people will walk away with a fresh meal. Yes, there is a cooking portion to this experience, but unlike other meals, this one will have a better satisfaction because you were the one who caught it.