We can just imagine how tough it must be to spend your days filming a hit TV show, and we assume that our favorite TV stars get very little free time for themselves. So for Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), who recently graced the cover of Annex Man Magazine, he has a very specific routine when he gets some highly-coveted alone time.

“Immersed in the worn pages of philosophy or a great work of fiction, taking in the hum of crickets and wilderness, and surrounded by the people I love. Simple joys in this life we tend to forget are even there,” Ian told the mag, spewing all the knowledge he’s gained during his 35 years on Earth. We thought Ian was adorable before this, but now he’s pretty much the definition of a perfect man.

“Taking a minute to leave the office or the studio for a stroll on a brisk fall day or a warm summer one really can work wonders. I find myself, just like the rest of us, trying to find that healthy balance. I’m no busier than anyone else,” Ian continued.

And it’s nice to know that Ian is so socially conscious and that he thinks about the future, which must be easy for him now that we know his secret to relaxing. “The 21st century is going to be an interesting time for humanity. My hope is that while taking that stroll, having a conversation with a friend at a coffee shop gazing out the window we realize one thing: We need nature — whether it’s for those worn book pages or those leaves blowing in the clean air we breathe.”

Well said, Ian. Well said.

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Source: Annex Man Magazine via Just Jared

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