I grew up in a country-side utopia in rural Kenya.
I mean just picture lush-green, tea plantations like this one:
Yea! Or this one:
Not even joking.
The one above, by the way, is Kericho-Kenya.
Anyway, I digress. I was saying that I grew up surrounded by so much sunlight and natural beauty which I’m really grateful for. We would play outside for hours.
But I don’t know, along the way, I became a homebody. Call it laziness, reservation, growing up? I don’t know, but somehow I just stopped going outdoors as much.
So much so that I seriously panic (and yes! you can laugh, I’m laughing at myself too!) when someone sends me outside for something. I mean, I go out for school and groceries and stuff but I do not go out of my way to be outside…only when absolutely, absolutely needed.
So where I’m I going with this you’re wondering?
I will tell you.
Yesterday, I was minding my own business in the house, quarantine chilling and enjoying that crisp indoor air when my dad decided to send me to the shopping center to do something or other and I just about had a full blown panic attack.
I was coming up with a hundred reasons why I shouldn’t go, I didn’t even know I was so good under pressure! Just lie after lie spilling out of my mouth. Coming up with excuses in the speed of lightening, thinking on my feet, problem solving. Ha ha!
Anyway, my awesome life skills were misplaced. Wrong place, wrong time.
I ended up going and once I was outside -and yesterday was a particularly sunny day- I was so mad at myself. Like,
“Why don’t you go outside more sis?” “What happened?”
I loved it. I absolutely loved it.
I felt SO energized, SO relaxed. Whatever stress I had been carrying over the past few days just evaporated under that hot sun. I felt like I had been wrapped in a blanket of sunflowers and daisies. Yes. That’s what I felt. LOL ;0
We even had a sundown photo-shoot with my amazing sisters just to pay homage to the lovely day that was.
That was the wake up call I needed to remind me (and you too maybe?) to get out more and soak up the sun while we still have the chance to.
Thank you, I hope you have a sunny day today.