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Look for the Positives

I debated writing anything or talking about the coronavirus and whether or not I should address it. I, like most of you, am already pretty much tired of hearing about it every day. Honestly what more was I going to add to the already over saturated conversation? We all know about social distancing, washing your hands and wearing a mask in public.

We all seem to constantly focus on the negative that has come with this virus. I didn’t and still don’t want to add to that part of the conversation. I want to focus on the positives that have come out of this pandemic. I love being outdoors and sharing my love of outdoors is important to me. I want others to enjoy being outside as much as I do. One of the positive things that I’ve noticed is how many more people are getting outdoors. This to me is a great thing! Our lives were so busy that we didn’t make time to get outdoors and enjoy it. Going for a walk or visiting a state park needed to be planned out amongst our busy schedules. During this time, we can be a little more spontaneous and not worry about having to rush here or there because of our busy schedules. It makes getting outdoors so much more enjoyable. I also think because of this pandemic, we’ve all been a little more conscience of how important our parks and trails are to us. I’ve read how people want to get more involved in caring for and volunteering to keep up their area outdoor spaces. This alone has been such a positive because of the virus.

One thing that I’ve really enjoyed about being under a safe at home order is the time I’ve been able to spend with my family. When the weather cooperates, we are outside enjoying the transition from winter to spring. As a family we are playing together, doing yard work together, learning about plants together, going for walks together. It’s been a great time for our family to slow down and get to know each other. My daughters are all elementary aged and they are changing constantly. It’s been so great to see them grow in just these past few months. My youngest daughter learned to ride a bike and we are all so happy and excited for her because that means we can take a long bike trip this summer. This time has been great for our family and has given us a chance to know more about each other and be with our daughters during some real important times in their lives.

But perhaps the biggest benefit I think I’ve got from this ordeal has been time. This pandemic has taught me to slow down a little bit and enjoy the time that this pandemic as given me. It’s been really nice to be so close with my family in the last month and a half. It’s been so nice to get out and enjoy the early spring weather without having to rush to go here or there. Don’t get me wrong, I miss seeing my parents and in-laws, I miss not being able to watch my daughters play softball. But honestly, this has been so refreshing that I think it will make our family rethink some of the things we were doing in the past.

Like I said earlier, during this time we can be filled with negative story after negative story. This group fights with this group about when to reopen or what the next step should be. I say don’t worry about things you can’t control; enjoy the things you can control. You can control how you react to all of this. You can control how you spend your time. Spring is here, get out an enjoy this time with your family. Take your pets for more walks than they want. Feel the sunshine on your face and take advantage of this time you’ve been given as you head out to be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers.

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