There’s little argument about why we head out into wild places, but in winter we seem to become timid when it comes time to venturing outside. The cold, wet slippery conditions that make a hike mildly uncomfortable prevent us from finding silence in winter.
I think its important for us to continue to find the time to immerse ourselves in our natural landscape, regardless of the season, and it’s a shame to miss out on what winter has to offer. In winter, snow covers everything and changes a familiar landscape into something new, those familiar environments we might see everyday seem foreign.
Its true that winter is a quiet and cold time of year after the activities of summer have ended. It’s easy for life to become still and feelings similar to depression to creep in to our lives if we choose to remain indoors and hibernate until the warmer weather returns. I wonder how people would feel if they were to continue to get outdoors and into fresh air, natural sunlight and quiet places, would we still have as many cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder?
I think it’s important for us to continue to get out and find those quiet places, regardless of the season. Personally, I find great value in getting out there and listening carefully to the silence. It relaxes me and rejuvenates me like nothing else can.
“Explore Further” isn’t just about reaching a destination a little bit past where you’ve been before. It’s an idea of going beyond what you’ve done in the past, pushing yourself to keep putting one foot in front of the other. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone and continuing to learn and experience new things. The idea of Exploring Further doesn’t end when the weather turns cold.