The novel coronavirus lockdown has left us all trapped physically and mentally, in new and increasingly uncomfortable dynamics. It caged most of us (the fortunate ones who could afford to do so) within our houses, along with exacerbating our internal issues. This disruption led most of us to look for coping mechanisms: with some taking on new hobbies or honing past ones to others indulging in Netflix n chill.
This period is increasingly seeing people finding joy in the small, inconspicuous moments of life, a phenomenon that the pre-covid world was seen doing away with. In practice, viewing and capturing these moments through the lens- be it your camera or smartphone lens or even your own eyes- is a wonderful way to let your hair down and unwind.
The famous painter Bob Ross told us to look around for beauty is everywhere; we just have to look to see. In essence, there is no real truth than this, but the world outside our homes provides us with a better opportunity to observe, recognize, and feel the presence of such beauty. Walks out in the open, however brief they are, carry the magic to unleash the most beautiful wonders the world has to offer. This quick read aims to bring to you some of these wonders to motivate you to get your lazy selves out of your houses.
Getting outside of your house gives you more opportunities to immerse yourself in the magic of that lovely morning sunrise or that late-night wan moon. Science too backs this celestial immersion with some exciting benefits- increased peace, a more positive life outlook and gratitude, a free dose of Vitamins imperative to wide-ranging healing ailments, among others.
The chirping radiant birds and the different kinds of murmuration (the phenomenon of a large flock of birds flying together while forming unique, close-knit patterns) they end up creating are worth capturing. The migration months and the final breeding areas are the best to capture the magnificence of these creatures in totality.
Going out with the apt mindfulness can even make you notice the millions of creatures and their life dynamics, which otherwise go unnoticed. The shimmering butterfly trails, the fluttering ladybirds, the communal anthills, the hopping grasshoppers, and capturing all of these on your lens, however, requires your presence in body and spirit.
Nature never fails to surprise us. The splendour of flora has been captured in all art forms- from Van Gogh to Shakespeare to Wordsworth. Gauging the true essence of such art requires spending more time in the greens surrounding us. The colourful foliage, the moist mud, the fragrant air, and the smiling flowers fill you with unmatched enthusiasm. 'Earthing' or 'Grounding' out in the open greens has revealed health benefits like the antioxidant release, alleviation of insomnia, stress, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, arthritis, and immune system dysfunction, among other ailments, thus the feeling of a healthier and happier life overall.
Going out for walks with your family members, friends, and viewing the world together, exposes you to their perspectives. Thus, making the experience more enriching for everyone involved by providing newer outlooks. Spending such quality time with near and dear ones helps bonds grow stronger with the added health benefits.
Theme Specific Walks
Walks pertaining to specific themes such as heritage, environment, art, architecture, archaeology, history has multifarious benefits. While adding to your skills and intellect, it also provides you with a chance to socialize and find like-minded individuals.
The Magic of Photography
While viewing the world's grandeur is a surreal experience, capturing it on your devices gives you a chance to relive the magic after it is over. It also hones your photography skills while allowing you to share them with others. Photography is a deliberate attempt at finding beauty in the world, thus making you more observant and appreciative of your surroundings. It's also an act of expression and self-reflection, making it unique and personal (introverts rejoice!). But if you're good at it, you can even sell your images and earn a few bucks out of it or maybe even take to photography full time.
The one good thing that has come out of this tumultuous period is the increased idle time in our lives. Engaging in lockdown walks while capturing the interesting bits that come with it helps break the monotony of living indoors 24/7. It also helps to put the disillusionment that comes with such unsettling times into perspective. Looking out for indigenous flora, fauna, and any other area-specific elements is also an enriching experience that will keep you busy.
Organizations like the Dusk Travel and Tourism offer an array of flora, fauna, heritage, and other theme-specific walks, which can be pre-booked from the comfort of your homes while saving you time, effort, and money.
However, while trying to utilize the lockdown efficiently, do not forget to take the necessary precautions for your own and others' safety.