I’ve been wearing a pair of boots and jeans all week, but my mind has been on the weather.
I’ve seen snowstorms before and thought, ‘I wonder if this is the weather I’ll be wearing in my life in five years?’
Then I got home and realised I’d had a few fits of the dreaded flu.
I’d been to hospital a couple of times but it wasn’t like I’d have any sort of fever.
But then I noticed the flu is also contagious and I was in bed and had just a few seconds before I woke up.
My friend’s mum said ‘I think you might have got it’.
‘Oh, no, it’s just the flu,’ I said.
‘Well, I’d better get home and see if I have it too,’ she said.
I was scared and scared to get home.
I had just one night in hospital in five months, and when I got there, I was already coughing up blood.
‘I’ve got a bit of a fever too,’ I thought.
So I got my temperature and blood work and the next thing I knew, I woke on my own bed.
I remember going to the bathroom and looking at myself in the mirror and saying ‘I’m getting very ill, I can’t go home, I have a cold and I need to get in bed.’
I’ve got this feeling that I should be doing more than going to bed every night and I should go and get some exercise and sleep.
I’m always in my house at 8pm, and I don’t think I should ever get up and go to bed.
So, I’ve started wearing a jacket with a fleece.
I always wear it to bed, and the whole time I’m thinking ‘this is what I’m wearing when I’m going to be wearing it when I get home.’
The next thing was that I had a fever again and got home, but I was still in bed.
But the next morning, I went out and did a little bit of walking around.
I went to the hospital and I had the flu again and the flu kept coming and the doctor told me that I could get a lot worse and needed to go home.
So it was quite a long time before I had to get out.
It’s been a very strange experience, but it’s also been really interesting to see how much I’ve changed.
I feel like I’m not going to get sick anymore and I’ve not got any colds, I haven’t got any coughs and I’m very fit.
I do need to do more walking, but also I feel that I’ve just started to get to know my body and I have started to change.
My fitness has increased a lot because I started to work out at the gym and I get more exercise than I ever did before.
And I’m now a bit more healthy, which is something that’s not really been on my radar before.
What’s your favourite part of your outdoor life?
I love the weather, it is just a perfect thing to spend your life doing.
The weather is amazing, but what’s really nice about it is you don’t have to worry about what you’re going to wear, and it’s great to know that the weather is going to make me feel a bit better when I have to go out.
I think it’s so important to realise that you can change what you wear.
And if you’re not prepared to change, then why would you want to?