How often do you hear about co-workers vacations or trips and you think about how wonderful it would be to go too. Well, why don’t you? Just go! You may not be able to drop everything and go on a week long vacation, but there are so many other opportunities for adventures.
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?
As time goes by we are 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. We are always in a hurry to get to work or back home again. Take an extra second to look around, you would be amazed at what you see.
Every Trip Is An Adventure
Recently I decided to take a drive out to Montpelier, the home of President James Madison. I had it all planned out; or so I thought. Unfortunately, I got completely lost. I plugged in the wrong coordinates on my GPS and ended up over an hour away. 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. I could have attempted to race to Montpelier; but instead I decided to pull over and snap a few pictures. The beauty 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. Of course I was very aware of my surroundings; the last thing I wanted was to get run over by a locomotive.
The Journey is the Adventure
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 still had a very memorable adventure; and it only cost me 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. If you’d like to see more photos, or follow along on my adventures, be sure to follow me on Instagram and Facebook.
Until the next Adventure,