Home Sweet Nature

I’ve spent my entire life living across the street from Livesey Park in Fairhaven, and have some pretty fond memories of time spent playing there. From baseball practices, to climbing trees, to just running around with friends, that park has served as a kind of second home to me.
However, I’d never really contemplated how important this one green space has been in my life until today, when I read an article on BBC News entitled, “Does outdoor play help keep the doctor away?” by Mark Kinver. The article, which goes into detail about how the newest generations of children are becoming detached from nature, really made me think about how much of my childhood I spent outdoors, and how that shaped my life.
Livesey park, and other green spaces like it consistently offered my friends and I a safe place to come together, as well as an environment rich with adventure and discovery. It serves, to this day, as a center for socialization, and as a place to relax. I like to think that my time playing in public parks helped me learn to socialize, as well as made me interested in the world around me. Some days there is truly nothing better than walking across the street, sitting in the grass, and just reading a book for a few hours. Being outside is a welcome break from the fast pace that life in the information age moves. With all the reasons I go to the park, I couldn’t imagine a life without it.
But for many children, life without time outdoors is their reality. With all of the entertainment available inside, as well as parents’ increasing concern for children’s safety outdoors, there isn’t much motivation to go out and explore local parks anymore. The BBC article does a good job of really looking into this trend of decreased time outdoors, and presents a few solutions to help children and families reconnect with nature.
The one solution I thought was interesting, was a total rethink of how we think of time at the park. The article suggests that instead of thinking of a visit to the park as a treat, we begin to think of it as just another everyday routine. So for example, instead of saying you can go to the park after all of your work for the day is done, why not take your work to the park? Or if your work isn’t really mobile, take a break for an hour or so to go explore a park, or walk along a beach. Either way, I’m sure you’ll find yourself a little bit more at peace after spending some time in nature.
For more information, or if you’d just like to check out the rest of the article online, check out the BBC’s environment page on their website.

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