Do I walk the dog or does the dog walk me?
I’ve noticed that these morning walks are good for the both of us. Being outside feels better than being inside and looking out. I read a book a month or so ago called “The Nature Fix”. It elaborated on the fact that humans are wired to be one with nature, thanks to evolution. We were made in nature, therefore all of our senses and instincts are designed to benefit from it. Urbanization and city-living has taken this from us, so instead we believe we are wired to be inside four walls, staring at televisions, going to jobs that we don’t like, raising children with made-up beliefs about the world.
With my photography, I want people to see the beauty in the outside world and hopefully take out some time to go be in it. As much as I dread having to leave the comfort of my bed to take my dog outside, she represents something we all are – animals in nature. She doesn’t have to use a toilet or toilet paper. She acts on instinct (and training) and knows that outside in the grass is where she wants to go pee. I would never think of such… unless I’ve had tons of alcohol and immediate relief comes before comfort.
Being a dog owner has helped me appreciate nature in its highest capacity. My normal worries and over-reactions about life are put into perspective when I step outside and look up to the blue sky and white clouds and bright yellow sun. These are things that really matter, and I should be more concerned with conserving the things that really keep me alive than the things I think will keep me alive. In ten years, I will be more devastated if the sea levels rise so much that all our wildlife dies than I will be if my decrepit president sends us all into a world war based on ego and dominance. Human life is short, but nature will be here forever… Or at least until the sun burns everything and becomes a supernova.
Morning walks in nature are good for everyone. It calms, it heals, it is and will always be.