So often we forget how awesome it felt when we were kids when we used to jump on our bikes and race off down the street to our friend’s house, feeling that rush of adrenaline as the wind blew through your hair, imagining that you were pedaling faster than the fastest BMX superstar. Every bike ride was an adventure; every trip around the block or down the street was something fun and exciting (no matter how many times you had taken that trip.) Why is it that as we get older we lose that feeling? Weighed down by what “adulting” is supposed to be: rules, order, maturity… blah blah blah. Why can’t you just get in your car and go? I’m not saying to jump in your car and go tearing down the street and breakneck speed, definitely not. What I’m saying is that you should treat your car rides like adventures the same way you used to imagine your bike rides. If you don’t have a car, take a bus, or a bike, or walk. The point is to GO! There are so many things to explore, things that you probably drive past every day without really noticing, in a hurry to get to work or back home again.
Recently I decided to take a drive out to Montpelier, the home of President James Madison, unfortunately I got completely lost. I plugged in the wrong coordinates on my GPS and ended up over an hour away from where I was trying to get to; however, it worked out to my advantage. I ended up driving on a lot of backroads that I would not have normally driven and came across some of the most beautiful landscapes.
It would’ve been easy for me to be irritated that I had gone in the complete opposite direction and attempt to race to Montpelier, but instead I decided to pull over and snap a few pictures and take in the beauty that was all around me. I made sure I wasn’t trespassing on anyone’s property, I definitely did not want to have the police called on me while I was communing with nature. I ended up walking around and exploring the train tracks that were nearby, again being aware of my surroundings so that I didn’t get run over by a locomotive.
I’m glad that I decided to get in my car and go, even though I didn’t end up where I had initially wanted to go, I was still able to have a very memorable adventure that didn’t cost me anything more than a quarter tank of gas. Each decision to just GO led me on a great little adventure exploring the local area and exploring areas that I normally would not have.
Hopefully as you read about my adventures, it inspires you to seek out adventures of your own. Until next time!