If I left Earth, never to return, what would I miss most about it? I would miss the air, the water, the fire, and the earth. Driving with the top down, the sun just warm enough on my face, and the wind rushing over my skin. The sound and sight of the surf moving, waves kissing the beach, or water giggling over rocks in the creek, and the feel of it tickling my toes before I plunge, head first, into the surf. Being outside is my oxygen. I can breathe in freely, deeply, and openly, suddenly overwhelmed with the (mostly) beautiful smells held in nature.
I am renewed when I step outside, away from my desk, my chair, my kitchen. I am strengthen and energized. I am now reminded to take more time to go outside. Mars trip or not, I miss the wind, the water, the fire (light), and the earth. I miss the balance that the four elements offer me when I take time to accept their gifts. I need to step outside now.