I decided recently that I was going to make a point to have some sort of small adventure every week. I think too often we tend to think of adventure as something big and grand that needs to be planned out and requires long car trips or airplanes. The truth is, adventure can be a part of everyday life. Opportunities for adventures are all around us, it’s just a matter of stepping out of routine and, sometimes, out of one’s comfort zone.
Here’s a confession: I love my comfort zone. I’m not naturally spontaneous. I like to plan things out and can be resistant to those plans changing. I like my routine, and do not consider myself to be naturally adventurous. But, when I step out of that comfortable place, or try something new, or go exploring, I grow as a person. And sometimes I even have fun. If nothing else, it’s usually interesting. The word “adventure” didn’t become a part of my personal vocabulary until recently, and I am very glad that it did.
- Went snow tubing with some friends. First time in a couple of years! Not sure why I haven’t been going, because it was so much fun. Hiking back up the hill is pretty good exercise, too.
- Late-night trek to a restaurant I had never eaten at before. Our waitress was completely fascinating, we got to draw on the table covering with crayons, and it was perfect food to fill up our tummies after a fun night out.
- Dug the backyard firepit out from 2 feet of snow. Part 1 of this particular adventure. A snow bench has been formed for folks to sit on when we have our snowy wintertime fire. That will be part 2 and I’m very excited about it.
A successful first week! What kinds of small adventures do you inject into your daily life? I’d love to hear about them!