How to Enjoy Nature

In this busy world, it’s easy to forget to take time for yourself. Between the work week running you dry to every day responsibilities breathing down your neck, it seems impossible to find your way out of it all.

I recently took a trip to find just that. It was simply a day trip; nothing extravagant. My boyfriend had off work on a Saturday for the first time in a month, and we were going to take full advantage of our day off together.

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve has been on our Colorado bucket list since moving here last year. From Denver, the dunes are roughly four hours away. Nothing a little iced coffee can’t handle.

After driving through seemingly endless stretches of absolutely nothing, we could finally see the rolling dunes in the distance. At first, I thought they were small and I was beginning to think it was a wasted trip. How dare I think such thoughts because I quickly proved myself wrong.

The dunes are magical. You have free range of the park the moment you step out of your car. There were times when I was completely alone in the sand, allowing me to take it all in at my pace.The wind was a little much at times, whipping sand into my ears and the side of my face. It may have taken several washes to rid my hair completely of sand, but all the while it was well worth it.

If you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, go outside. Even if it’s just for a walk in your neighborhood, let your thoughts evaporate. Go for a drive. A hike. Whatever you do, remember these things:

Take your time.

Oh, you have to be home by 5:00? Nope. Forget the deadlines and the time restraints. Our lives are dictated by deadlines; don’t let your free time fall into the same pattern.

Act like a kid.

Mother Nature doesn’t want you to take everything so seriously all the time. Run up that sand dune, roll down it even. Don’t worry, if you get too out of control I’m sure Mama Nature will keep you in line.

Take a seat.

Sit down. Take your shoes off and dig your feet into the cool sand. Lean back on your hands and relax. Because no matter how much running around we do on a daily basis, it’s always nice to just sit.

Realize how small you are.

Look around. See those mountains in the distance? Let them make you feel small. Let them intimidate you. Let them make you feel like in the great scheme of things, you’re just a tiny speck. Being humble is the greatest accomplishment of all.

Breathe.

Terrible things happen in this world every day. Take a moment to breathe and know that you’re still here. This world is yours to make a difference.

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