For me, the outdoors has always been a place to adore. A place where I can get away, breathe and get back to life. As teenagers, sometimes all that we need is to take a moment and breathe some fresh air. We live in a world where all that matters is if our cell phones are charged and how many likes our recent post has gotten.
Since I was a little girl, I have always loved to run outside and just lie on the grass, look at the sky and relax. My life is very wild and overwhelming, sometimes like an endless Instagram feed, but being able to take a moment and breathe is important.
I am a very active person; I love going on hikes, bike rides, camping, traveling and all of that “good stuff.” My favorite season is probably summer, simply because I can do these things more frequently. During the summer I’m free, I go places and do things without having to worry about school or the weather. I just kind of go. One of my favorite places that I've been hiking is Mt. St. Helens. It was a very long hike but it was so worth it for the beauty around me. It made me feel like I needed to go on hikes more often.
Something else that I’ve always been a little obsessed with is taking pictures, as photography has been one of my hobbies since I was younger. It is an activity that I can unite with my passion for being outside, and I love focusing on something that you wouldn't really think would turn out well in a picture, and transforming it into the center-point of the image. While I enjoy capturing animals and trees, my favorite thing to photograph is the sun. The sun works in so many different ways when taking pictures outside. It can be used in the background as lighting or to create an illuminating backdrop, but it can also be used as the focal point of the image, such as is the case in a beautiful sunset or sunrise.
Being outside and capturing what I am doing is so much fun. I feel that the more time I spend taking photos, the closer I become with nature. As I always tell myself, the oddest things in nature make the best photos.
Even while living my chaotic life I always find time to be outside. I know my life will always revolve around being free and having fresh air. Nature gives me the sense that it will all be okay if I just breathe, and spending time in it reminds me that the things that are given to us should never be taken for granted.
So, for everyone stuck in the world of technology, please take a step outside, breathe for just a minute, and reflect on all of the things that you might be missing out on by being constantly indoors. In the end, a world without the outdoors is not a world at all.
About the author: Audrey G. Gonzalez
Hi, my full name is Audrey Gizelle Gonzalez and I am a sophomore at the Woodburn High School. I was born in Silverton, OR but was raised in Woodburn, where I love living! When i’m not at school I play a lot of sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball, and others that I play with family. I also love to take pictures and sing. When I graduate high school, I hope to attend a university out of state so I can explore a new place. I would like to major in journalism, and hopefully one day become an amazing writer. I hope to one day be someone's inspiration and make s difference. I try to live by Ghandi’s quote “you must be the change you wish to see in the world,” and I do this by giving importance to even the the smallest of things in life.