by Mary Macias
I was feeling overwhelmed.
I didn’t know how I could meet all the end-of-school-year demands — and if you have kids, you know there are plenty of them — and be the best wife, mom and professional I could be. As I was making my “immediate to-do list” and my “for later to-do list,” I felt flustered. I confided in a friend that I feared not getting to the important things on my list, no matter how carefully I planned or how little I slept.
My friend looked at me and smiled.
“It sounds like you need to go for a walk in the woods,” she said.
We laughed at the irony of the advice, since we’d just been in a meeting discussing how to best measure the success of our nonprofit — Footpath Foundation — in getting at-risk and low-income children outdoors. She was preaching back to me the very thing I stand for — spending time outside.
My friend was reminding me to get myself outdoors. To take a walk. To calm my anxieties. To gather my head.
“You’re right,” I replied with a laugh.
Of course, the answer was simple. I needed to step outside — literally and figuratively. Step outside, take a breath, clear my thoughts and start again. We know poets, authors, artists and many others do this all the time.
Kids need the outdoors as well. Maybe more than ever…