Black Friday Sale Today, All Nature – FREE! Limited Time!
Today I have a short post with a strong message (I hope). This blog isn’t monetized so I’m definitely not going to get paid for trying to spread the #OptOutside message on Black Friday.
REI, the huge outdoor retailer, is closing again for the third year in a row on Black Friday and urging people to get outside and play. As an outdoor sports junkie and a horrible-but-trying minimalist, I think this is a wonderful message to send.
Perhaps we need a reminder of how dire things are in America when it comes to personal health. Over 70% of American adults are overweight. Seven out of ten. And about 38% are obese.
Is getting outside and going for a hike on one day going to change that? Of course not, although it could help you start a better exercise routine. But it’s the symbology of bucking the consumerist trend on this day that perhaps matters a bit more.
The day after Thanksgiving has become a quasi-religious holiday for the runaway consumer culture. It pushes the message that your family and friends will like you more because of the stuff you give them, instead of the quality time you spend with them.
Playing in nature with some nice healthy exercise today and not going shopping sends a message. You’re different. Heck, if you’re reading FIRE blogs you already know you’re different, but show it off! Show how different you are today by grabbing your bike, or your hiking boots, or your running shoes, or whatever. Plus, if you’re like me you did some serious damage to that pumpkin pie last night, time to earn it. So get out there and enjoy nature today!
Chime in below – what are your outdoor plans today?
**Update – I walked the walk and just got back from a nice 38 mile ride with 2 of my cycling buddies. Got this sweet pic!