The Great Indoors?

13 May

In today’s world, it is much too easy to become trapped inside your home.  There is so much that needs to be done!  Those dishes in the sink need cleaning, and that pile of laundry isn’t just going to do itself!  Along with that, there are computers and televisions packed with social media, online shopping, and tools equipped to make it easy to waste hours online without even trying.  Now I love Facebook stalking as much as the next person, but what is the price of those hours spent staring at a TV or computer screen?  Home should be a comfortable place where we get to relax and feel completely safe.  But what are we missing by staying trapped inside our personal playground?

In the time I’ve spent in Texas, I have seen the detrimental effects of staying indoors instead of exploring the community.  Since Eric has been away often for work, I have had to brave this new place solo at times.  Not knowing anyone and being alone makes it easy to stay closed indoors and seek the comfort of familiarity.  I have found that doing this, however safe, hinders my soul from finding its happiness.  If I spend too much time in our apartment, I begin to feel anxious.  Plus, I seem to end the day thinking, “What did I do today? What did I accomplish?”  It is far too easy to forget what really makes me happy, and fall into a rhythm of sedentariness and confinement.  Plus, in no way am I improving myself or realizing and chasing my dreams.

In my short 25 years of life, I have come to believe that the answers we seek are not usually found in the privacy of one’s home.  The truth can be found in the sunlight radiating off the trees in the park, in the freedom of riding a bike down a hill, or in the look of pride in my dog’s face as she trots alongside me.  It is in the excitement of forming a new relationship or rekindling an old one that may have been temporarily neglected.  Our purpose in life is something that every being strives to find, but too often we close ourselves off to experiences and relationships that could inevitably form that purpose in our own lives.

So I challenge everyone to take a moment and ask why you are sitting absent-mindedly in your home.  You could be scared of the world outside and fear that you will not be accepted for who you are.  Some, including myself, can claim to be tired and long to hide away in the crevices of the couch. But ultimately, the joy you will find in taking a 20-minute contemplative walk will significantly outweigh the joy you would find in hours of watching television.  The grass and the birds will never tell you that you are not good enough or that your clothes are SO last season. 🙂

Some of the best conversations I have ever had occurred while sitting on a blanket in a park or taking a walk.  I dare everyone to get up off of their couch, turn off the TV (or get rid of it), and suck the marrow out of life.  In the end, taking a stroll is actually more meditative and fulfilling than surfing the web.

As John Mayer so succinctly puts it:

“So go unlock the door and find what you are here for. Leave the great indoors.”

In Health & Happiness,




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