Don’t you hate it when you know you really should do something because it’s good for you, but you still don’t feel motivated to do it? I know I need regular time outdoors in order to feel well, but lately I’ve been spending too much time in the house. It’s partly because of the bad case of plantar fasciitis I’ve had since June; I usually suffer for days afterward if I walk longer than an hour at a time. But I’ve started to see a tiny bit of improvement recently, after several visits to the podiatrist and more dedication to my daily foot exercises.
As you know, my two usual motivations for going outside are the birds and/or photography. But right now the birding isn’t exciting me; we’re not even seeing the usual birds at our feeders. (I think we got a bad batch of seed…I’m going out to buy the good stuff right after I post this.)
And I’m feeling a bit of a letdown in my photographic inspiration now too, what with all the pretty leaves and flowers gone. The scenery around here is gray and boring.
But despite feeling unmotivated, I forced myself to go out for a walk in the woods today. I’m gathering dust here in this stuffy house and I don’t like it.
I walked around the pond at a local nature center and took a few photos to document the birds I saw (so I could enter them into eBird when I got home). There wasn’t anything exciting going on there — just a few types of sparrows, the usual heron, a couple mallards, and the ubiquitous chickadees, nuthatches, cardinals, and blue jays. Ho hum.
I need something to excite me and help me get through this dreary time of year. I’m very excited about the impending birth of my niece’s first baby in Ohio (she’s in labor right now!), and I’m hoping my trip to visit family will be just what I need to get me out of this rut. The last time I went home to visit I had fun taking close up portraits of my family members, and I hope to do more of that this time. After all, how can it not be inspiring to photograph a new mom and her baby?
I hate to say it, but I’m almost looking forward to a little bit of snow to change things up around here! (The key words in that sentence are almost and little….)