On day 185 of 365 Days Wild I ventured out for an afternoon walk. It was dull and grey when I left the house, as it had been from the time I awoke in the morning, but I hadn’t been out for long when the clouds started to break apart. The sight of blue sky swiftly lifted my spirits.
This year has been a difficult one for everyone. I’ve been fortunate in many ways. I live in an area that allows me to get out and about into nature easily. No one I know or care about has been affected by Covid itself. But lockdown and its aftermath have definitely had an affect. My day job is in hospitality (I run a kids play area) and, other than a couple of shifts in the attached restaurant during this summer’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, I haven’t worked since March – though I have been furloughed, at least. Other areas of the business have been making redundancies. Only the thought that I’m wanting to change careers anyway and find a job working in nature has stopped me from getting too worried.
Getting outside and finding whatever beauty there is to be seen in the natural world has also helped, though it’s harder now than it was in the summer. Even just a glimpse of blue sky and a faint hint of colour at sunset is enough to shift my outlook away from the negativity that can so easily drag me down. Positivity is essential.
Here are the pictures that I took while I was out and about.
That’s all for today. I hope everyone is keeping well during these difficult times and is managing to stay positive.