Growing up and maturing is obviously something that is necessary as a part of life. We can’t be kids forever (though there are some people who don’t ever get that memo – but that’s an entirely different topic). There is one thing, however, that tends to get lost somewhere along the line of adolescence and adulthood: our sense of wonder.
As we start to focus on careers, family, and material things, wonder gets pushed to the storage closets of our mind. It’s heartbreaking, in a sense. I remember summers of playing with friends while we imagined the slide at the playground was a tunnel to Narnia. We would strap on our rollerblades and take over the neighborhood with missions, not returning home until the last bit of light was in the sky.
We didn’t need to plan an itinerary for days like this. We didn’t have to ask our parents for money (though maybe for permission). All we had to do was go outside. Each day was an adventure and we didn’t even have to travel anywhere.
Which brings me to my point. As adults, we get caught up in the day-to-day and only wait on that long weekend or 2-week vacation to find that “adventure.” The problem is that while we’re waiting, we get worn down, lose our inspiration, and vacation turns into more of a sit-and-do-nothing time.
Here’s something crazy though. You don’t have to travel anywhere to get back your sense of wonder. You can go on microadventures. Microadventures are just what they sound like. A small adventure you can have in a day or any small amount of time that doesn’t require travel.
Almost every city has an interesting history that is worth exploring. Recently, my husband and I went on our own microadventure. We drove around the city and found abandoned structures and cotton mill ruins. (All the photos in this post are from that day.) We didn’t spend any money and it was just something spontaneous that we can look back at and say “that was a fun day.”
Why does this matter? As humans, our minds need stimulation. We need to see and discover new things. The problem is that if you only do it 2 weeks out of the year, that doesn’t leave room for any growth and you’ll end up wearing yourself out. (Two weeks out of the year is only 3% of the year. Literally next to nothing.) Ask a personal trainer if working out only 2 weeks out of the whole year will bring results. (The answer is no in case you were wondering.)
How can you go on microadventures? I’ll give you two easy tips:
1. Google history of [insert your city name here]. Once you get into a rabbit hole of information, you’re bound to find something that will grab your attention enough to get out and go find.
2. Just go and drive around! Will you get lost? Maybe, but you can always use your gps to find your way home. (Something we didn’t have as 90s kids.) Something will catch your eye eventually, I can almost guarantee it.
What are you waiting for? You can skip cleaning one day or whatever “adult” thing you have planned. I encourage you to get outside and open your mind to the possibilities of going on a microadventure.
Have you had any microadventures lately? Comment below and let me know!