When we think of finding adventure and excitement, we tend to think big. Hiking up to Machu Picchu, learning to surf on the Hawaiian coast, spending months or years travelling to the all places we’ve always dreamed of going. Seldom do we think that we can find it at home. Perhaps you don’t live in the pinnacle of natural beauty, or in a glittering, glamorous city. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find excitement without even having to leave your hometown. I’ve lived in the quiet, concrete suburbs for my entire life, and you can definitely count me among those who constantly thirst for novelty. As a result, I’ve been forced to find little ways to bring adventure to my life, right here at home. Here are a few of the solutions I have had the most success with:
Start a project
It’s easy to get bored if you’re doing the same thing day in and day out. Maybe you’re tortured by the monotony of work or school. This is why I like to have something I can work at, something that’s just for me. You don’t have to devote all your time to it, just put a little bit of work into it each day. There are a million different projects you can do. Write a book. If you can’t think of a plot, write your own memoir. No one need ever read it, unless of course you want them to. Work on a skill, like playing an instrument or learning a language. The key is to get creative and do something that both challenges you and brings you joy. Not only is this a great way to break up the tedium of everyday life, but it’s also extremely rewarding.
Look at your hometown like a tourist might. Spend an afternoon at the cheesy museums, make a point to visit every single park in your town, take a look around that shop that’s been there forever and also the brand new one that’s just been built. I used to like finding creeks and walking along them to see where they went. You can find all kinds of little hidden treasures in your hometown when you take the time to explore it thoroughly. You never know what it’s like in that restaurant you drive by everyday on your way home. It could end up being your favourite place to eat.
Find new routes and paths. There are so many different ways to do this and get some exploring in. If you’ve got the time, take a different route on your way home from work. If you like to go for walks, runs, or bike rides, looks for new or different paths and turn down roads that you might not have been down before. When you do this, you see your hometown from a different perspective than you’re used to, and it can make home feel a little bit fresher and a little bit newer.
Take a chance
Taking little risks in our everyday lives leads to new discoveries. When I say risk, I don’t mean run into traffic and see how many cars you can dodge. What I mean is order something other than your usual at a restaurant, go to a salon and give the hairdresser complete freedom, buy that shirt that looks really cool but you don’t think you could ever pull off. You never know what could happen. You might end up not liking it, but that’s why it’s good to take small risks – they aren’t life-changing, and you might just discover something you enjoy.
Keep your mind open
Be willing to try new things. This one is kind of obvious, but still good to keep in mind. When we’re stuck in a rut, sometimes it can be scary to break the cycle or do something we’ve never considered doing before. But that’s all part of the adventure. Doing new things is always rewarding, and even if you end up not liking it, at least you have a cool story to tell.
Whether you’re adventuring big or small, keep a positive attitude and take everything inside. Enjoy it!