Remember being a kid? Summers spent running around and finding adventures everywhere you went? Fast forward 20 years and most of our lives our predictable.
Alarm goes off, you get up, pull on some clothes, chug down a cup of steaming coffee, and rush out the door. The same route that you always take is full of the same traffic that makes you swear the same words. 9-5 the computer screen stares back at you, your fingers aimlessly typing and clicking, and your eyes watch the clock. Traffic is worse on the same route back to your house. You don’t notice much, except for the brake lights and red lights that you keep hitting. Once home, you flop down on the couch, face in front of a screen, fingers once again clicking through channels and scrolling through images. The rest of the night continues on like it always does until you flop into bed, ready to do it all over again when you wake.
Routine. Security. Safe. Comfortable. Reliable. Those are not bad words. We need them to be productive, happy, and live a good life. But where did the adventure go?
I started wondering, when did I stop seeking adventure? I can’t pin point a time or an age, but somewhere it happened. I got comfortable doing the same thing over and over again. I soon realized the adventure didn’t just disappear, I just stopped looking for it.
First, what is adventure exactly? According to Webster, adventure is an exciting or very unusual experience. Notice it did not say, adventure is repelling down a mountain, traveling across the country, or skinny dipping in the ocean (even though I’m sure those are all grand adventures.) Adventure is an EXPERIENCE. How beautiful is that?
Adventures do not require time, money, or expertise. They simply need you to be open and aware of the possibilities. Most of us can’t afford to jet set around the world, but we can find adventure in the everyday. Deep down we crave adventure, new experiences, and the thrill of discovery.
Where can you find adventure? Here are a few simple ways to make your everyday life adventurous.
A man practices the art of adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies, and adopting new viewpoints. – Wilfred Peterson
- The road less traveled. I have lived in my current home for a little over six years now, and there are streets only a block away that I’ve never walked down and plenty of roads that I’ve never driven on. Try taking a new route to work or school. Allow yourself some extra time to really enjoy the ride and take in the sights. You never know what you might find.
- Pick up a book. Read it, listen to it, write it. No matter what form, get lost in a really great work of fiction. Grab the latest bestseller or a your favorite novel from when you were young. Explore the library or a used book store. There are so many adventures to be found in the pages of a book.
- Open a new door. Next time you go out shopping, go somewhere new. Buy your groceries from a different market than your normal grocer. Stop by a flower shop, even if it’s just to look around. See a lecture or a play. Pick up a new hobby or take a class. There are doors of possibility everywhere we look. Open one.
- Stay curious. Maybe cats only feel like they live 9 lives because they never run out of curiosity. Curiosity leads to adventures. Ask questions, watch documentaries, talk to strangers. Ask more questions and seek out answers. Try a new cuisine or order something new at your favorite restaurant. Observe your surroundings and document curious things in a notebook.
When you are given a choice, before you decide, ask your self, “What will most likely lead to adventure?
Where do you find adventure? What doors have you opened? What roads have you taken? Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #wildforawhile on Twitter or Instagram. I’d love to see your adventures!