as i mentioned yesterday, i have many things to be thankful for. and one thing that i'm constantly thankful for is nature. seriously. don't think this is a cop-out. second to my families, nature has been the second largest influence to who i am today.
i grew up swimming in the ocean, hiking and backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, mountain biking and snow boarding. today, i've added snow shoeing and cross country skiing to my repertoire. for me, it's more than the love of being outside or being active. i'm constantly learning about who i am and what i'm capable of when surrounded by trees, sitting on a surf board or riding down a hill. the lessons i've learned from the challenges & achievements i've faced while being in and around nature have given me so much self-confidence, an appreciation of my limits & helped mold my spiritual and political beliefs (seriously). hence, why i need to thank mother. nature, that is.
she is unpredictable, volatile, and unforgiving. she's also a comforter & provider. seriously, think about it for a minute. she can throw anything at you and if you are willing to adapt (and know how to), nature will provide everything you need to make ends meet. it's amazing. i am constantly in awe of nature and the surprises she brings. the sunsets, storms, temperate lakes, fierce waves, cool breezes, beautiful flowers and gorgeous tress...this list could go on forever. she has helped me change my life, reduce my impact and improve my eating habits. from adventure to beauty to health, there is truly so much to thank her for.