This past weekend we normally would have spent our time on the mountain, but instead decided to hang out around the house. This most often happens when we stay out late Friday night and have trouble getting moving Saturday morning, as was the case this weekend. While we can always come up with a number of legitimate reasons for not leaving town, it’s clear to me we pay a price for time missed in nature.
On Saturday we never left the house. Kelly and I both spent most of the day on our computers, while Trevor managed to watch a bunch of LEGO YouTube videos intermixed with a few Metallica concert clips. I made lunch around 3pm which became dinner, and before we knew it the day was over. Sunday was spent researching gaming systems, a top item on Trevor’s upcoming birthday list, and having a nice dinner with friends.
While it wasn’t a bad weekend, it also felt very sluggish and unproductive, with the exception of spending quality time with our friends. Every now and then just vegging out can be a good thing. But for me, it all starts with being tired due to not enough sleep, which leads to feeling like I am in a daze most of the day, which means I don’t eat as well, skip workouts, and tend to not get anything done.
This outcome for weekends I think for many can become a lifestyle habit. Work hard during the week and use weekends for vegging out and errands. But honestly, there is no substitute for time in nature. It slows life down in an energizing way, calms the nervous system, and allows the mind to gain clarity on what is most important in life.
And when the mind and body are energized, heading out to the river to stand up paddle (SUP) board can be great fun!