In January, I embarked on a mission to have at least one tiny adventure a week, with the idea that not all adventures have to be big or epic. Opportunities for adventure are all around us, big or small, every day.
Well, I made it about six weeks before realizing that the whole weekly thing was just a bit too much. But, even though my tiny adventure posts have been less frequent, I’ve still been doing them, and I’ve found that my awareness of tiny adventure potential has increased. The more I embark on little adventures, the more they seem to just pop up.
Here are some of the ways I’ve been inserting tiny adventures into my life:
- Carfree Me: My fiancé and I share one car between us. Exploring new ways to get places by bus, bike, or by foot is almost always a fun little adventure. Sometimes I’ll get off the bus at a different stop and walk further. Sometimes I’ll plan out new bike routes for myself. Sometimes I’ll take an entirely new bus and use the bike/bus combo to get me where I need to go. A little change in route and I discover brand new things. Walking, biking, bussing… they all give me a chance to look around in a way that I just don’t do when I’m driving.
- Cooking: I’m not a good cook, I never have been. But every once in a while I’ll sit down with a recipe book and pick out something entirely new to try. Much to my surprise, it usually it turns out to be pretty tasty. Then I feel like a rock star. Culinary adventures.
- Doing stuff myself: The internet is an amazing thing. Within 30 seconds I can usually find a video or a tutorial on how to do pretty much anything. That’s where I learned how to replace the bearings in my bottom bracket last year (DIY bike repair!). I’ve learned how to make cycling caps, make things out of t-shirts, and grow veggies in my garden. Learning how to do new things is almost always an adventure
- Saying yes: When a friend invites me to come see their show, to a party, to help them move, out for a night bike ride, to see a new band, whatever it is, I try to say yes. Because you never know what adventures await (bonus: people love it when you support them and show up to their stuff).
Inserting little bits of adventure here and there keeps life interesting, and I often come across unexpected things that make me really happy. The first time I walked over the river on a warm summer evening was because I decided to change up my route a little bit. Now it’s one of my favorite things to do.
I’ll keep blogging about tiny adventures as they come up. I have a groupon for the Magic Mirror Maze that needs to be used. If that’s not an adventure, I don’t know what is. 🙂
How do you insert tiny adventures into your day?