Nature is a great teacher. We only need to listen.
Yesterday, I went for a little bike ride. I needed some air and I can actually think better when I´m outside and alone.
So I packed my breakfast, the rest of my morning coffee in a jar, and my raincoat because I´ve seen a few dark clouds and I know the weather here in northern Germany where I am at the moment. It can be quick an unpredictable on days like this... But I wanted to go anyway.
The sun was shining when I left the house but when I arrived at my first stop, the wind came and the rain.
I can remember when I was younger I´ve been a real pessimist (this is also just a habit, and we all know we can change habits!!), and I hated bad weather, I hated the cold, I hated to wait when the train came late, etc. I don´t know exactly when the change came, maybe one step into the right direction came when a friend of mine suffered from a bad depression, and still been so positive, saying: theres are some things you cant change, so why be mad about them.
Thats exactly it: You cant change some things, but you can change how you feel about them!!
The weather? Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy.... Don´t complain, You cant change it (uhm, well you could change your adress), take it like it comes. See the good things: nature needs rain, the smell is awesome, the sound, etc. And bring good clothing ;)
So yesterday I took the rain as a possibility for a break. I looked out for a tree that gave me shelter. I had a sip of my coffee. And I could hear my thoughts again. No rushing, no computer, no people.
The rain stopped and I saw a beautiful rainbow.
Thats how life is right? Its raining and then the sun is shining again and we see a beautiful rainbow!
I continued my trip and had to stop twice in between because the rain came. But I watched the ducks in a pond, I saw some deers, I felt thankful for all the trees around me giving me shelter.
When I arrived at the beach I got real wet because of the rain before I found shelter, but after a few minutes the sun came out again and theres been another beautiful rainbow above the sea.
I made a tiny beach cleanup, but it was rather clean! Yay!
On the bike trail theres a little hut with a tiny seabird observation center. I went inside because it was raining again and I wanted to have a little chat about the birds collecting outside to make the trip down south. But theres been two older ones and one woman from the center talking only really negative about: wind energy is not good, electric cars are no good (both where happily talking about they have old cars with bad filters, whats better about that?), complaining about the government, but no solutions! They´ve been only complaining, but they didn´t came up with solutions! Thats been another eye opener for me. I don´t want to become like this!! I dont want to be an old woman one day just being negative and complaining all day... I know the government should do more and better, but we can´t just complain and don´t talk about solutions we can make ourselves.
I rushed out of the center and continued my way.
On my way back I had real bad wind from the front. Another thing I dont like actually, sweating, legs getting tired... But I thought, OK it´s something I don´t like, but I try to see it a s a workout. And I know when I am at home, I will have a hot coffee or tea, and some fresh salad and all is good again. So I fought against the wind but with a positive mind, at that feels just so much better.
What I learned (got reminded) from nature today:
We just need to have a little patience sometimes. And hey, I don´t have patience normally. I hate to wait if I have an appointment, I hate to wait if I need to catch a train. So there we go, is it an appointment with a doctor and they got an emergency and I need to wait longer, I can choose to say: hey I am happy that I am not the emergency here.
If I know I´m gonna take the train somewhere, I always have something to read or an interesting podcast with me, so that I don´t have the feeling I am wasting my time. If the train is stopping because somebody jumped in front of it don´t be a dork and complaining because the train is late, be happy that its not you having depressions, or that its not somebody of your family....
If you go to the post office in your lunch break you know it will be busy because many people go to that time of the day. So no complaining!!! Just remember to chose a different time next time. And remember, you are the only one having the control about your mind! You can choose to stand there in line and feeling angry, maybe staying in this state of mind for the rest of the day, or you can choose to smile at the others waiting, having a friendly chat, or just taking the break life is giving you.
You can choose how you feel about things. You choose if you only see the negative or the positive. You can choose if you surround yourself with people who drag you down or push you towards the right direction. You can choose if you go out there even if it looks like rain. And then you choose to bring rain protection or not, and if you don´t you can´t be mad about the weather because you made the choice ;))
Sometimes we all need a little bit of rain on a sunny day to learn/remind some basic stuff from nature.
Anything you learned from nature during the last weeks?
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Hi my name is Jule
I am a nature and ocean lover. A passionate runner and minimalistic traveller. On this blog I share my experiences, thoughts and ideas about the "sustainable lifestyle" and how you can stick to this while traveling.
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