Never underestimate the restorative powers of a walk.
These last few weeks have been quite hard going at work. Combined with a series of wet weekends and other obligations it’s meant we haven’t been out as much as we would have liked.
However, if you can’t get out and about yourself, there will always be someone who can. And, thanks to the hundreds of bloggers and forumites who work hard and are willing to share their experiences with others, there are plenty of trip reports waiting to be read: one way, at least, to satisfy the craving for time outdoors.
So, vicariously, I have started walking a section of the E5 path, am now a good way through a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail, have enjoyed the TGO Challenge from a number of different perspectives, and undertaken numerous jaunts across the UK everywhere from the SWCP to the North Pennines to the wilds of Scotland: all enjoyed immensely and all from the comfort of my own home.
And therein lies the problem: I need to get out there myself. Visualisation might be a great technique for imagining a desirable outcome, but it doesn’t replace the real thing. It’s motivational, but not a surrogate.
Fortunately, that’s all set to change in the near future. I’m looking forward to some fresh air, good food and a little self indulgence – more of which in due course.
But until then …..