Life is out there

    When God created humans, we had no computers. People didn't live in cubicles. There was no pavement. These have all been made part of the modern life, by people. I'm no exception. I work on a computer. But I live outside.

    I've been a fisherman and avid outdoorsman most of my life. I love it. Most of the reason I do what I do is to inspire others. Either in my faith or in the outdoors. I plant the seeds, so to speak. 

    If you haven't been fishing, or camping, or hiking, or kayaking, or hunting, or just walking and talking in nature, it's time you did. It will change your life in ways you can't even imagine yet. Life isn't inside, it's out there. Go look for it. No looking back.

Healthy

    There's also a ton of health benefits to outside. Vitamins, minerals, exercise, positive attitude, self-reliance, staying grounded are all things we get or learn from life in the outdoors. 

   Believe it or not we need sunshine. Our bodies produce vitamin d when we are exposed to sunlight. Vitamin D is what our bodies use to absorb calcium. Calcium is the major building block for healthy bones and teeth. 

    I'm not going to go into a big scientific explanation on how it does this, I'm an outdoor enthusiast not a science lecturer.  I will tell you that you need this to maintain a healthy body. It's one of those little things that a little prevention is better than a lot of pf cure. Keep those bones strong and you won't have to worry about trying to build them back later. 

    In today's tech world people are becoming pretty sedate. They use their fingers a lot, but you need to work all the rest of those muscles. I work out regularly. Daily in fact. We have muscles for a reason. God didn't want us sitting around all day doing nothing but looking at a screen. Get out there and get healthy.

   Outdoor activities are great exercise. When you're out there doing things in the wild, you're working those muscles and bones. Keeping them strong and healthy and keeping you young in the process. We were made to be out in that world and doing things, if you don't believe me just see how you feel after not going outside and sitting in front of a computer for weeks on end. Balance it out with time outdoors.

    The outdoors is also good for our mental and spiritual weel being too. We are complex creatures, and you have to work more than just the body to maintain great health. Outdoor activities will teach you a lot about the right life attitude.

    Ask any fishermen about the right attitude. They make cast after cast and don't bring in anything. Why do they keep doing it? Positive thinking, or spite, I've got that answer a couple of times. either way they both lead to determination. If you are going to accomplish things in life you have to be determined. Most things won't come easy. Usually the things that do, leave just as quick.

     For more on the benefits of fishing and attitude go Fishing =. It equals optimism. The world needs more optimists. The outdoors needs you, and vice versa. 

     God's artwork

    We live on one of the most amazing miracles God created. The big blue globe. Earth. It is one of the most diverse places in all the heavens.

    We have more different types of plant and animal life on this one little globe than anything we know of. It all has its own little place in the big picture.

    Go look for all those little specialized plants and creatures that are perfectly adapted to their environments, some of which are right outside your door. Doesn't matter where you live, if you look, you will find it. Prepare to be amazed at what you find. Life is incredible, the outdoors is home to most of it. That's why we need to keep it around and keep it safe.

     Plus, all those scenes. The ones that take your breath away. The ones everybody is taking pictures of. That's part of God's artwork too. He wants us to go out and look at what he created. He did an amazing job of it too. You don't have to understand all of it to appreciate it.

     I'm not exactly an artist. I paint with words mostly. But I do know when something is beautiful and a wonder to see. No picture in the world can replace seeing it in person. Those pictures are supposed to inspire you to get out and look around. I hope the words do too.

It Needs Protecting

   As amazing as the outdoors is, it still needs our help. We are part of this world, and our place is as stewards and caretakers of the outdoors. All those little plants and animals out there can't protect themselves; they need us to protect them.

    We used to live in harmony with them, but at some point, we strayed. We need to get back as part of the natural world. We need to get back to the wild places, not to destroy it, but protect it for future generations. 

    There is a saying in the outdoors "Leave it better than you found it." This should be everyone's attitude about the world in general. Do you want the future to have more or less of the great and wonderful things in life? 

   Look around, I'm sure there is some way for you to make a positive impact in the area of the world you live in. There are also a ton of organizations that look for ways to improve our world and protect our wild places. All you have to do is look. Make up your own mind about what is right and how you want the world to be. Then follow through with it.

    Those lessons you learn in the outdoors will help with this too. Positive thinking, healthy living, believing it can be done, knowing you are part of something bigger. You are part of it, whether you have realized it or not. Be a good part. Have faith and courage. make it a better world for us and all God's creatures, great and small.

    You can also go to Rules of the Outdoors for more information and a general list of the do's and don'ts for visiting the outdoors. There are also places like The Wildlife Trusts | The Wildlife Trusts

that do a lot of good work.  Look around, find your place, and the people like you.

 

Go explore

    So instead of saying I'll do it tomorrow, decide to do it today. Doesn't matter how big or small, just get outdoors. Go have a look around. Get involved. Google it. Read about it. 

   Start asking questions. Get curious. get involved. You might be surprised at what's right outside your door. Something wonderful might be closer than you think. Finding it might lead to something else. It's a snowball thing. Once it starts it just gets bigger.

   Once you're all caught up in it and get out, you'll thank me. Then your only question will be "Why did it take me so long?"   

      But you'll never know unless you go. Take a chance. Decide to explore what's out there. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

     Consider it a dare. Consider it a triple dog dare. Decide, today, I'm going outside. It's going to be an adventure. I'm going to see things I never saw before. I'm going to stand in awe at the wonders God has put in this world and in my life. I'm going to balance it out. I'm going to go fishing, then camping, or kayaking, or snorkeling, or scuba, or hiking, or bird watching, or just go be curious and see. Only good will come of it. That'll snowball too. Good turns into too great.  Don't believe me, prove me wrong. You win either way.

 

Enjoy the outdoors. Life is out Here!

      

written by Benjamin Evans