Okay, enough already. It's mid-February, still winter mind you, but I don't think I'm alone in asking for a "little" relief. Seems we can't get through a week without either some white stuff or below freezing temperatures. I know all good outdoors people are willing to take advantage of whatever the weather brings to enjoy the outdoors, but we also do appreciate a little relief. So, my friends keep your head up as I'm sure spring is right around the corner.
Speaking of keeping your heads up, a thought has struck me as I've begun to do a little airline travel within the past 4 months. It has been quite a break from the days when my job kept me in and out of airports most every week. I guess living in my own little world I never paid much attention to how humanity has changed and how the world operates.
Do you notice that as you spend time outdoors you spend a lot of time looking up? Whether it's to pay attention to where you are going, watching the birds, or just taking in the vistas from a good hike; we spend a lot of time with our head held high. Guess that’s one reason our necks were invented and are as flexible as they are. It gives us the opportunity to look up, down and all around.
Well, here's what has struck me since I began to travel once again; people are not using their necks like they are supposed to!! It seems everyone just looks down. Now I'm not talking about "nodding off" for a quick nap, but rather as they walk to and from the ticket counter to their gate, while waiting to board, while sitting on the airplane during the flight and after they get off and walk to the baggage claim area. Everyone is looking down!! Now I'm not an idiot, at least not the kind my wife likes to refer to me as, so I get it as to why they are looking down; they are focused on their I-pads, smart phones and the like. Seems that everyone is so busy doing what they do on their new technology that they can't keep their heads up. I've even noticed this is very common with people driving, or trying to drive, while using this technology. One cannot watch the road and text at the same time. If you're like me it probably drives you crazy to get behind someone who suddenly reduces their speed by 20 miles an hour so they can catch up on emails or respond to messages coming in. I even saw a man yesterday texting in his car and had the audacity to have a sticker on it saying "We don't text in this car". Almost wanted to follow him to his destination to ask him why he would place a sticker like this on his car. I know everyone has "excuses" why they need to catch up on what's going on. Our world is on a fast track, like the Daytona 500, and everyone is worried that they might miss something.
Well, I can tell you what they miss; they miss a world filled with wonder and beauty. They miss birds singing, new growth, fresh air, and the wonders of the outdoors. They miss the opportunity for a good "head nod" or greeting to someone they have never met. While some will say they go "outdoors" and enjoy "outdoor activities", I can guarantee you they don't do so without their phone or pad.
So, let's do this, outdoors people; as it warms up, and spring activities really begin, let's make a pact to enjoy the outdoors without the distractions of technology. Let's enjoy Mother Nature as intended; with the fresh air of spring, the warmth of the new sun, and most importantly, by keeping our heads up so we can fully enjoy the outdoors.
Let this spring become a new spring in our life; one not tied to technology, but rather to our opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. Keep your head up so you won't miss the pleasures that await you.