Someone say: "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride"? Not necessarily. Quality of life does not always depend on how well the stock market is going. You needn't sit home paralyzed with fear because of the downturn in the economy. Now is the time to explore new hobbies, relationships and places. We simply need to step up to the challenge.
Photo: "Blimey! Is that a white-breasted nuthatch?" Winter Bird Watching in one of our beautiful, National Parks...absolutely free. Now that's getting some perspective!
A good place to begin your plan of attack is at your local library. Through books and travel guides, you can find out about local places of interest right within your county or state. Here's a few for starters: Take a nature hike. Visit an art museum. Take in a classical concert. Go bird watching. Join a book club. Learn to play an instrument. There are so many things that can enrich our lives, many of which cost little or no money. You may need to take the path less traveled to find them but that's all part of the adventure! The point is to try something new. There in nothing worse than letting your circumstances defeat you. Since many of these activities are free, there is no reason why you can't participate.
If you prefer to revisit something you are already familiar with, look around your house and dust off some of that athletic equipment you haven't used for years like your bicycle, cross country skis or running shoes. You've already made the investment. Now make it pay off. You'll feel so much better just by getting out and into the fresh air. Even in inclimate weather, (what's that really?), if you can get out for at least 30 minutes of exercise, you will reap exponential benefits.
Want to see what such a fine day out looks like? Check out:
Snow Bound: National Treasures