Fiwygin Outdoors. Pronounced "fusion." Fit In Where You Get In. Fiwygin Outdoors. That's the name and the concept of the inclusive group I've been trying to wrap my head around and articulate for the last number of years. The blog I wrote last month really explains where this desire and movement is coming from.
Fiwygin Outdoors is a concept/group in response to and in solidarity with all the people who have ever felt like they didn't meet the criteria to be outdoors, to be an outdoors person, who weren't welcomed in a certain spaces, and/or they weren't "fit to be" in the natural/outdoor world.
The truth is - we should all be able to enjoy the outdoors, and we should all celebrate whatever and whomever we can bring with us. For example, I can bring a pair of busted feet/knees/legs, a loving and open heart, some essentials (water, maps, etc), some knowledge of Wirth Park, and my ladyfriend who just so happens to know a lot about the ecology of the park..
What can you bring?
Yourself. Your kids. Your partner. Your parent(s) and/or grandparent(s). Your knee replacement. Your achy body. Your cat on a leash. Your busy schedule. Your fear of social and outdoor events. Your hesitant anticipation. Your excitement. Bring it all! Everyone is welcome, which is exactly the point.
Fiwygin Outdoors is all about fitting in where you get in, and Fiwygin Outdoors is making "getting in" 100% accessible. Be it time, supplies/equipment, comfortability, or something else, it is our hope, mission and goal to ensure that anyone who wants to spend time outside can do so.
THIS Saturday, April 2nd is the first official gathering of Fiwygin Outdoors. Come as you are. We will meet at the Theodore Wirth Park beach house which is near (3400 Glenwood Ave South, Mpls) at noon. For now, hold that time. Details will come soon.
The idea is to get outside and be active in a way that is meaningful to you (walking, running, talking, meeting new people, recovering, etc).
Want to join us? I sure hope you do!
See you soon!