I love to write short stories and now I’m turning my stories into videos but it all starts with the written word.
So don’t under estimate the power of writing YOUR story.
I challenge you to get your pen and paper out and turn your memories of what happened outdoors into a short story whether it was a good experience or bad one, go ahead and write about it!
Why? Because we all love stories, it’s how we connect and share with each other.
It’s also a way to get to the other side of those feelings of fear or overwhelm if your experience wasn’t a good one.
And if it was a great experience why not share your joy and how much fun it was.
I love stories about nature and the great outdoors!
How this works
Studies show that getting all your thoughts and feelings out of your head and onto a piece of paper helps your brain start the process of working through the trauma or pain or joy.
Your brain can’t do that if you keep it all stored in your head and never talk about it.
Get your stories out of your head so the brain can make room for those awesome experiences that are yet to come.
It’s also something fun to do and through your writings I know you’ll find that connection with the natural world around you.
So take a moment and remember back to any time in your life when you had an memorable experience in nature good or bad.
A time when your encounter with nature made you feel funny inside, or created an idea or pique your interest in something or you learned a valuable lesson or learned something about yourself.
It can be about anything, an animal or plant or tree or incest or the ocean, anything.
You can also create a poem rather than a story which is even better.
Get as elaborate or funny or even go to the dark side if that’s where you’re at, it’s your story.
Have fun with the story and try to feel that same feelings again. Maybe revisit the place again or look at pictures you may have taken.
What can happen
Writing about your thoughts and feelings can bring a sense of calm, creativity and inspiration but it can also bring about feelings of angry or pain.
Think about how these feelings relate to your own life, your struggles, your problems.
I write/journal all the time about everything so I can say it helps tremendously because the thoughts you have rewinding in your head are never as bad as the head makes them out to be.
Seeing my thoughts and feelings on paper brings them to life and I have a visual sense of what I can do next to work through whatever is ailing me at the moment.
Try it, I think you’ll start journaling about everything too and even if you never publish your story it’s a great practice to help work through your thoughts and feelings.
Back to connecting with nature through stories
The more you write about your outdoor experiences the more the connection to nature becomes clear.
That’s what makes outdoor adventure stories so fascinating, we’re all coming from a different place in our lives but we all have a common love of nature and the great outdoors and we love expressing how it makes us feel.
We’ve found that connection and we can’t stop writing about it, sharing our photos/videos and telling our friends about it.
Just watch the show Rock the Park and you’ll know instantly the connection to nature through their stories of adventure.
And for me I find the outdoors calming, relaxing, a great way to recharge and I’m always practicing mindfulness (not easy to do). It helps me to see, hear or experience things I may otherwise miss when I’m in my busy mode.
So grab a tablet or invest in a journal and get outside to write your story and connect with nature, I promise you’ll love it!
Thank you so much for being here and leave a comment below, tell me your outdoor story, I’d love to read it.
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