I find that most people are a strange mix of consistency and whim, of routine and variety, of predictably and chaos.
We often establish our schedules and routines… and then we tire of them. Our habits work beautifully, until they bore us. We carry our routines out predictably until one day, we wake up and are desperately seeking a change.
This is usually punctuated by googling vacation spots and dreaming about getting away from it all. But the reality is, that jet setting is not attainable for the most of us. And while we dream of a cabin in the woods or an exciting vacation, the closest we are getting to an international trip is a stroll down the “ethnic food” isle at the grocery store,
We then start trying to introduce variety where we can. Perhaps we get a haircut, drive a new way to work, change our our playlists, try a bold new lipstick, get takeout from somewhere new.
We go on little excursions and call them adventures.
This just got personal.
I’ve been taking my children to the park, the botanical garden, the local zoo, the state park, for years and calling it an adventure. There’s no daring quest, no real peril, but in the early years it was enough of an adventure to get out of our usual surroundings .
Perhaps the same is true for you. Because, this is our life after all. And most of us cannot afford to travel far from home, even if we weren’t currently in a global pandemic. We call day trips adventures, and you know what? They are. If we keep our eyes open and our wits about us , we might just encounter the Truly Majestic Beauty that our souls long to experience.
I implore you not to discount the times when you choose to do something that makes you feel truly alive.
We need outings and trips and adventures. Covid-19 has robbed us of so much. But it hasn’t been able to eradicate our hope. It hasn’t robbed us of our ability to be spontaneous.
There are hidden gems, I want you to look for them. Near me, near you, all around us there are beautiful scenes. There are lonely haunts and side trails, and places where people seldom tread.
We are all a bit soul weary, a bit worn down. Life’s losses tend to pile up while we are busy keeping calm and carrying on. The isolation we have all experienced lately, is ironically universal. In that aspect, at least there is solidarity and common ground.
So this weekend, walk your woods , your parks, hike your trails, bike the scenic pathways. Let the sense of adventure you used to feel at the start of a school vacation fill your sense completely. As you feel hope re enter your bones, let it boost your spirit and feed your soul. Happy adventures!