Why should you get mud on your feet? It’s dirty stuff after all. And you’ll just have to wash it off.
Better to stay on the sidewalk. Maybe even the couch.
Or is it?
You can probably guess my answer. Get dirty. Roll in the muck and the mire of life and wipe it all over your kids and your spouse and your friends. Drag it inside. Leave bits of it on the wood floor. Throw open your doors and windows and let it pour in.
Because if you don’t, you’re missing things. Things that matter. Things that make your body stronger. Things that make your spirit fly. Things that can change your life from a ho-hum slog on the treadmill of mediocrity to a serious adventure worth living. It’s true.
We need mud. We need the fruits, flowers and forests that grow in it. Whether we realize it or not, our minds and bodies—our very souls—depend on all the wild and living things that spring from dirt.
In his book Biophilia, one of my all-time heroes, Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., wrote that “To explore and affiliate with life is a deep and complicated process in mental development. To an extent still undervalued in philosophy and religion, our existence depends on this propensity, our spirit is woven from it, hope rises on its currents.”
(Need help finding a new place to get outside? Check out this cool Where To Go tool by Discover the Forest)