1) Exploring ideas and generating theories;
2) Working with unanticipated changes in circumstance; and
3) Playing a stupid amount of Spider Solitaire.
Unfortunately, it’s kinda hard to do cool and buff things when you feel like a forgotten sack of vegetables festering in somebody’s back porch. Even though I’ve been sick for the past couple weeks, I still get the hankering to explore the intricacies of people’s lived experiences… even when those experiences are shrouded in fertilizer. Let’s consider: what is so friggin’ great about spending time outside?
Since Halifax has seen enough rain in the past month to drown fish, the little bit of sun peeking through the clouds this weekend helped me advance beyond feeling like a putrid sack of slimy cucumbers. Spending time outside made me feel calm and cheerful. I definitely still felt tired, but also like I had used my body purposefully, instead of just lying on the couch watching shitty TV dramas all day. Though let’s not kid ourselves; much like my Halitrax counterparts, I love me some good (and not-so-good) television.
It’s definitely groanie, and somewhat ironic, that our lives are privileged in such a way that we find ourselves so easily disconnected from nature. Even in the city, spending time outside can be a good way to combat the unfortunate side-effects of our privileged lifestyle. I also find it’s a good way to remind ourselves that nature is messy, and it’s okay (maybe even a good thing) when our lives are a bit messy too.
So listen. The Halitrax team might just have something special in the works over the next couple of weeks. Keep your eyes open and ears peeled like a banana, fellas.