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Anyone who knows at least anything about Ireland probably knows that it has more dull and overcast days than sunny days. But to our big surprise the last two days have been sunny, despite the weather forecasts telling us it’s supposed to be raining. There are, actually, a couple of dark purple clouds wandering in the sky, but they only come and go, and no rain still. Since the beginning of the year until the middle of February we had not one sunny day at all, and then when the sun was finally out, I stumbled upon a challenge on Tribesports which called on to “Enjoy the sunshine!” Seeing the sun shining so bright outside my window I didn’t need a second to think to take my baby for a walk downtown.

Very often we forget what it’s like to be outside, soaking in the sun, enjoying the breeze tickle the skin; we bury ourselves under the pile of work or burn out running our daily errands, and when we come home and think that we need to finally unwind, we just lie down on a couch and watch TV, dying of boredom. Does it sound familiar to you? Or maybe this will sound more familiar to people who live in the countries like mine. We have so many rainy or windy and generally unpleasant days that we don’t wish to stick our noses out until we really have to. It adds to our tiredness and bad moods, and even when the weather changes it’s hard to make us go out. We start inventing excuses like it must be too cold outside (or too hot in summer, which is rare) or there’s a cloud on the horizon, it might start raining any minute. We just refuse for once in our lives to get outside and enjoy it while it lasts.

So following the challenge, I went for a walk, and it was amazing! The warmth of the sun on my skin, birds singing in the trees, people smiling at you and saying what lovely weather it was. It was so worth leaving the things as they were and going out for an hour or two to just stroll down the sidewalks and look around, see how beautiful everything was, drowning in the golden rays of the nearly setting sun. It was a truly rejuvenating experience that I now like to have once in a while when the weather permits. If I see the sun these days, I don’t think twice before getting out of the house.

So if you have been stuck at home or working without cease, please stop for a moment, look outside, if you like what you see there, get outside and have a walk in a park or wherever you like, sit on a bench, listen to birds singing, the leaves rustling in the wind, breathe in the fresh air and just enjoy it! You’ll be glad you did!

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