There are countless ways to help the environment, so many that choosing an Earth Day challenge wasn’t an easy task. Picking up trash in your community or creating a composting system in your home are amazing efforts towards saving the planet. But at the end of the day, we feel that the first step to making our Earth a priority in our lives is developing a deep appreciation for it. And how do we do this? It all starts with experiencing what our wonderful world has to offer. Therein lies the inspiration for this week’s #bebetter52 challenge, to get out into nature.
When was the last time you truly paused and took in our spectacular planet? Many of us spend the majority of our lives in the manmade; our society’s infrastructure we created for ourselves to dwell in. It’s no wonder we get lost in concrete jungles and forget about the forests we came from. It has become fairly typical for us to suffer from a vague sense of disconnection. But what if regaining your sense of inspiration, of vibrance, of lifeforce energy was as simple as laying in the grass underneath a tree or feeling your heart beat fast as you gaze upon a canyon you just made it to the top of. It takes making the time to experience these moments to realize that the best advice could be in the silence of the desert at dusk, when the skies have just begun to fade from orange to indigo. Sometimes the best therapy is filling your lungs with fresh, salty air as you jog along rocky cliffs above an expanse of ocean. It is in these moments we find what we are looking for; whether it is clarity, peace, connection, a feeling that we are home. If you want to show your children that magic exists, just take them on a hike through the wilderness. Looking carefully at the intricacy of a leaf or the way a snail moves slowly across the mossy ground is enough to spark a profound feeling that we are all interconnected in a mysterious, yet beautiful way. One cannot fall out of love with nature. All it takes is giving yourself permission to take it all in, and not only will your life be transformed, but your passion for protecting this precious rock in the middle of the galaxy that we have been blessed to be a part of will become a personal mission that stays with you every single day.
So get outside! This doesn’t have to be a wild or adventurous task, although it surely can be! Checking out a new hike, walking barefoot along the beach, going on a mountain biking expedition, or taking a spontaneous weekend trip to a national park are all incredible ways to celebrate this Earth Day and gain a newfound appreciation the planet. We will be keeping an eye out for your photos this week, and will be choosing a winner to be featured on our Instagram Story. The winner will be based on the best nature photos we feel best encapture the beauty of the outdoors. We also welcome you to use the hashtag #EDC2018 that has been trending on social media and formed a community of people who share our love for nature. We hope you all have a blast this week 52ers, let’s see what you discover as you get out into nature!