Summer is finally here and it’s festival time! Nothing beats getting back to nature like lazing around in a random field surrounded by wild things (and stingy things), listening to great music, and chilling out whilst basking in sunshine, all of which I have found so rewarding and inspiring for my new collection.
WILD BY NATURE
WHERE THE SANITY ENDS AND THE MADNESS BEGINS…
I’m always on the search for new things to give me some artistic inspiration, whether it’s folklore, legends and myths or my old favourite…idioms. I’m in love with these old proverbs and sayings so I just had to do more!
An idiom is a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language. Every language has its own collection of wise sayings. They offer advice about how to live and also transmit some underlying ideas, principles and values of a given culture / society. These sayings are called “idioms” – or proverbs if they are longer. These combinations of words have (rarely complete sentences) a “figurative” meaning – they basically work with “pictures” which is most probably why I love them and thanks to this summer’s hot weather and the festival season kicking off, I am fully recharged and raring to go for more motivational quote illustrations or – as they are known by their official name “idioms” illustrations! All of my chosen ones are inspired by my favourite subject – NATURE and I’m just loving this theme, so I guess there will be a lot more to come!
quote 1: wolf in sheep’s clothing
“THINGS ARE ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM”
The cautionary advice of this idiom means that one cannot necessarily trust someone who appears friendly and has been with us for many centuries. Both Aesop’s Fables and the Bible contain explicit references to wolves in sheep’s clothing. On the face of it, Aesop must have originated the phrase as his tales are much older than any biblical text.
QUOTE 2: a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor
“LIFE’S HARDEST LESSONS ARE USUALLY THE BEST”
There are many claims made about where the origin of where this quote comes from, such as Franklin D. Roosevelt or an old African proverb. One things is for sure – it’s a apt idiom. The meaning is very true, as life holds many lessons where usually the hardest ones are the most painful but the best. It would be difficult to learn much from life if we always had it easy, and so as saying (or idiom) goes – a smooth sea will not teach how to be a skilful sailor!
QUOTE 3: STORM IN A TEACUP
“SOME PROBLEMS AREN’T AS BAD AS THEY SEEM”
A tempest in a teapot is a small problem or event that has been blown out of proportion. A tempest in a teapot is an American idiom, the British equivalent is a storm in a teacup. Other languages have similar idioms, including the French une tempete dans un verre d’eau, or a storm in a glass of water. The basic sentiment of a tempest in a teapot and a storm in a teacup seems to have originated in 52 B.C.E. in the writings of Cicero. Both of the idioms a tempest in a teapot and a storm in a teacup seem to have originated in Scotland in the early half of the 1800s.
QUOTE 4: NATURE IS THE BEST MEDICINE
“THE EARTH HAS MUSIC FOR THOSE THAT LISTEN”
I can’t seem to find who originally penned this quote, but it’s meaning lies with so many truths. Practitioners are now prescribing outdoor activities that connect us to nature and through research these have proven to be beneficial to one’s health both mentally, physically and spiritually, and in doing so have backed up the truths in this quote.
I have researched and listed five benefits and with added links that scientifically show that connecting with nature – whether that be gardening, camping, festival going etc. They all involve the benefits of nature!
five proven benefits of nature
1: Being outdoors improves happiness and productivity
Being outdoors surrounded by nature can increases serotonin and dopamine. Both serotonin and dopamine are natural chemicals produced in our brains. Serotonin is responsible for many functions such as memory, sleep, behaviour, and appetite. Dopamine affects movement, emotional response, and your ability to feel pleasure.
This article shows how being in nature scientifically increases your mood
2: increases your vitamin D levels which leads to better moods
Researchers has proven that behavioural change was directly associated with mood change and vitamin D levels. What they also found was the participants who got more sun showed less symptoms of depression. But interestingly enough, the latest research shows that the primary antidepressant effect associated with sunlight is increased retinal light exposure rather than increased skin exposure to UV light. The moral of the story is if you can adopt a more outdoor lifestyle, you will fare better in terms of mood and vitamin D status. And we all know that healthy vitamin D levels lead to a lower risk for many diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular deaths, cognitive deficiencies, asthma in children.
Read more on how higher vitamin D levels led to better mood