In the United States, July is National Park and Recreation Month, and the US National Recreation and Park Association has challenged people to get outside as much as possible.
July is also National Ice Cream Month, National Blueberry Month, National Grilling Month, and National Hotdog Month. Nitrates aside, this surely makes July the best month of the year, don’t you think? Then again, the party has been somewhat dampened by an additional designation for July: “National Bioterrorism / Disaster Education Month”. Let’s just pretend we didn’t know about that one.
Instead, let’s focus on the positive: Parks and Recreation! Getting out there every day to enjoy public green space is a truly noble objective, whether you live in the US or elsewhere. I’m certainly doing my best to take up the challenge, and have filled my July calendar with cycling and hiking.
How about you? Have you been out in nature lately? Or have you been hunkered down in your office, gazing longingly (between clandestine games of advanced Minesweeper) at the greenery on the other side of the window? If so, please do yourself a huge favour by getting outside for some quality leisure this month. You’ll be better for it.
Out is In.