Fresh Air, Fresh Perspective

My friend and fellow writer, Diani Davies, recently posted a great blog about inspiration, which you can have a little look at here. Whilst you’re there do check out her blog and writing; you won’t regret it.

One of the things she highlighted in that blog post, which, of course, you’ve now all read thoroughly, (you’d better have – there’s a test at the end), was how going out for a walk can provide inspiration when you’re feeling a little bit low on that magic stuff that keeps the writing coming. I wholeheartedly agree with her – I find that walking, even walking inside sometimes if the place is big enough, generally gives the mind time to work out its problems and deal with things getting in the way of inspiration. An idle wander does wonders for the writing.

But it’s not just writing that can be helped by having a wander. It’s the Easter holidays from university here in Leicester at the moment, which is all well and good, but it does mean that most of my friendship group are out of the city, back home with parents. The upshot of that is that I’ve spent a lot of time on social media sites to chat with them, which is not really a bad thing, excepting that it means a lot of time sat inside not really doing very much. I’m getting sick of the sight of my living room and bedroom. Thankfully, I have social plans tonight with some people in real life.

There are many times in life when we get the sort of thing I’m feeling now – cabin fever of a sort. It’s in this situation that going out into the world can have a rejuvenating effect. It’s nice to forget about things for a while and just wander, with no other intention than just to be outside (somewhat thwarted of late by British summer time weather – it’s raining a lot). Meandering up to the park and wandering its paths can be an excellent way of staving off the effects of the cabin fever long enough to arrange to socialise. My last little meander meant I bumped into some friends (including the aforementioned, Diani), and just hung out, which was very good.

So, my homework to you this week, if you’ll allow me for one brief moment to take the liberty of setting you any, is to find a moment (weather permitting) to go out for a meander. Eschew the car and shun the bus, go out into the world for a little meander. I promise you it will have you smiling by the time you return home.

2 Responses to “Fresh Air, Fresh Perspective”
  1. Hi Nick,
    Thanks for dropping by too. I honestly liked this post – too often we’ve been stuck in our (office) work schedules, we forget to take a look at the world outside. Your post on Fresh Air, Fresh Perspectives, is so right. More people should read this!

    • Nick says:

      Thanks! Yeah, it’s easy to get into a routine and forget that there’s more to life than office work. Often we don’t notice how detrimental that can be. Thanks for coming by!

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