“I’m hugely excited to be spearheading the WildTime Offline campaign as it’s the culmination of many years inspiring individuals to switch on to the amazing green and wild places all around us. Even in an urban environment there is space for nature to be found within our reach. If we can focus as little as thirty minutes of our uninterrupted time each day and open our minds to our deep- rooted instinct for wonder and imagination we can regain balance and perspective in our lives.
For over twenty years I have been encouraging people to get out into nature through my adventure challenge business WildFox Events Ltd. We’ve supported incredible charities but there is a more immediate benefit that impacts of the thousands of people who’ve taken part. I’ve seen first hand how making space to experience wild places, escape everyday chaos and inhale a dose of fresh air can transform us. Being physically active has of course many benefits but simply being outside, away from technology frees up time to build relationships in the here and now.
But in that time I’ve become conscious of a shift. It’s concerning that the pressure to remain continually digitally connected has been accelerating at an almost alarming rate. We are being swept along by a wave of innovation way beyond anything we anticipated. Yes we can harness this technology with wondrous effect and we rely on it for so much of our daily lives but we should not let it control our every waking moment or we will lose our bond with our surroundings.
Nature feeds our imagination and improves our physical and mental health and wellbeing. It’s a tonic, an antidote to the algorithms invading our thought patterns We need moments of calm, of silence, of boredom even. We need uninterrupted space to talk and to be silent, to think and to dream. We need to make it a priority to find some WildTime Offline every day as without this free time how can we expect to be independent thinkers and creative innovators?
It’s like taking a vitamin. It’s not rocket science, its something we already know. Its good for us.