I am a self-proclaimed homebody and I am not ashamed of that. But sometimes there is nothing I love more, than to get out in the fresh air and clear the cobwebs from my mind. However, living under the seemingly permanent cloud that lingers over England, I often use rain as an excuse to not get outside as much as I should. This is where the lovely people at ‘Lead and Ball’ stepped in and they have very kindly sent me one of their wonderful umbrellas to allow me to brave the outside, whatever the weather.
Having lived in cities my whole life, I sometimes forget the power of the getting out of the concrete landscape and immersing oneself into the nature around us. There is something refreshing about leaving the tall buildings, the hustle of people and the dirty streets behind, even if just a few hours. I am quite lucky to have the South Downs practically on my doorstep, so you really don’t have to go far out of the city to reach places of tranquility. I think the thing I love the most about the outdoors is the ability to make everything seem better. It is hard to explain, but I have planned many a video, blog post and future dreams when wondering the outdoors. There is this notion of possibility, as if anything can happen if you put your mind to it. Inspiration feeds of the outdoors and this feeling of infinite possibilities is never felt when sat at my desk with my head buried in work. When I am wondering amongst open fields and the only sounds being the whistling of the birds, so many plans and ideas become so real and the desire to complete them becomes so strong.
Another fascinating characteristic of fresh air and a tranquil landscape is it’s ability to make the stresses in your life disappear and seem relatively unimportant. When something is consuming your every thought, it is always unhealthy and always counter-productive, but we can never stop this from happening time and time again. Whether it is that exam you are terrified of failing, or that friendship which isn’t as rosy as it used to be, these thoughts can take over your mind and disable you from the actual world. But 9 times out of 10, this can be solved by changing your environment. Get out from the room you spend too much time in, get away from the places that remind you of that person or that task, and immerse yourself in a new and exciting landscape. This doesn’t mean you have to book a one way flight and never return, it simply means taking an hour or two out of your day to focus on yourself, and getting rid of those thoughts circling in your head, even if just for a short while, I promise it is always worth it.
I have always used the excuse of rain to justify staying wrapped in my duvet and wasting the day away. There would be nothing and no one that could have ever persuaded me that going out for a walk in the rain would make anything better, I was stuck in the mindset that it would never solve anything. But after hitting the ripe old age of 20, things have started to change and change dramatically. There is never a day that goes by where I long to take myself out of my own brain and I have found a few ways to do that, but I will save the others for another post soon. I now treasure the outdoors more than anything. Yes I am still a homebody in all senses of the word, but a nice country walk and a stroll through my local parks, and even a walk along the beach has a spot in my daily routine. I try to always remember the strong and immediate impact that getting away from my laptop can have. We are all too focused on the digital world that I worry we are starting to forget the importance of time away. Leave your phone at home, switch off from the constant stream of information that is constantly being shared, and remember that once in a while, time should be used purely on yourself and does not belong to anyone else.
Now that I have teamed up with Lead and Ball to present to you their answer to tackling the British weather, neither you or I have any excuse not to embrace the outdoors. I cannot imagine my life without their umbrella and cannot wait for the showery month of April to begin, just so it will give me more opportunity to bring it out with me. Quality is always something I have searched for in an umbrella, something that can withstand the wind and also the test of time. And Lead and Ball achieve exactly this. They have a whole range of different styles and colours so do go onto their site to check them all out, I did nearly opt for the yellow style because of the bold presence it would have in the gloomy weather, so that is definitely one for the future!
Just want to say a huge thank you to Lead and Ball for facilitating not only this post but also my ability to brave the outside whatever the weather decides.