Break the Screen
I've noticed more and more that I don't spend enough time outside, exploring nature and absorbing some good ol' Vitamin D. I know how crucial it is for designers to break away from the screen - to gain clarity and allow your creative mind a break to be able to breathe. I found Column Five's graphic in terms of creating that "Summer Bod" to be very similar to my views on being outside.
Here in the South, it's cold until about the beginning of March with the heat picking up around now, end of May. We have a nice window of perfect weather that typically fluctuates day-to-day from needing a hoodie to forgoing pants all together, with a nice splash of rain and thunderstorms as well. Your body is in complete "what the hell" mode during this time. More than anything, it's just a bunch of excuses to not be active - to stay in the AC or the warmth of your living room.
Back to the point at hand, I don't get out much. I grew up here, I know where everything is and what all there is to do around here and honestly, none of it appeals to me anymore. Thus, I find myself inside behind a screen - as I am now writing this all out - trying to force myself to be creative, just keep creating and something worthwhile will come out of it all. It's always been a struggle for me to relax, I just want to keep doing something or my mind is constantly sorting something out. It's been about a good 15 years since I've been to the beach - the one place I remember being able to just sit and absorb the environment around me. I've read numerous articles speaking to the benefits of "playing in the dirt" from "being near the ocean" that help individuals live a more healthier and psychologically beneficial life.
It all does come down to your attitude and willingness to accept to love what's around you; however, I'm itching for the ocean and a new lifestyle that environment brings. There's only so many tall pine trees I can look at before I start going crazy; those days I'll drive to the lake or North Georgia to where the sky is a bit wider and space is more open.
If you've read this far, you're probably itching to get outside like I am or just think I need to stop complaining and move states. I'm trying, to say the least. Trying to get noticed in this industry, trying to keep creating, trying to improve my skills, trying to show my worth to get closer to that environment. One day it'll happen, hopefully sooner than later. In the meantime, I think I'll go listen to a podcast and sit in the sun.