Watching Atlas explore the world is a beautiful reminder of what we can experience ourselves as adults, but often forget to. It can be difficult once you're a "grown up" - We spend so much of our time planning for the future or worrying about things that haven't happened yet.
With everything else going on, the idea of getting muddy just doesn't feel worth it sometimes - The result can simply feel like creating more mess to deal with later... and because of this we often forget that we too can go anywhere, connect with nature and learn new things every day.
Thankfully Atlas is teaching me this all over again, he is my inspiration and when I grow up I want to be just like him.
Our children don't worry about how wet or dirty they get, or how much tree goo they get on their trousers, or even how badly they might get stuck in a bramble bush.
But they do seem to have a lot more fun!
What if we just forgot about the consequences for once? What if we just followed our kids and lived "in the now" occasionally? Yes, I'm sure we'd all have a few extra loads of washing to do, but would it be worth it?
I think it might be...
Every now and then, I choose to follow Atlas (rather than guide him) and it has been an amazing journey already. Instead of thinking about that extra pile of laundry, I'm now thinking "I don't want to miss out on this opportunity with my son..."
In keeping with this newfound connection with nature, I'm really excited to have partnered with Wildling Shoes, because as well as making incredibly comfortable, well fitting, minimalist footwear they also aim to help children (and adults) connect with nature again.
I'm not saying wearing Wilding Shoes will stop you worrying about things or even make you wade waist deep into a puddle, but they do give you the confidence to get outside in comfort and help you feel nature under your feet.
Wildling Shoes are made using sustainable and ethical sourced materials making them the prefect fit for our family.
So, if you're looking for a super lightweight pair of shoes, why not check out their full range here: https://wildling.shoes or see them in action in one of our vlogs.
We look forward to hearing about your adventures.
Skinner, Holly and Atlas