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A New Adventure Every Single Day

For the last year or so (maybe longer), I’ve mentally adopted a philosophy of trying to have some sort of adventure every day. I recently shared this philosophy and was excited to discover the person I was talking to has a similar approach to life (and it felt a little like we were odd kindred spirits).

IMG_1758Not every event or day is exciting, so trying to find some hidden excitement in the little things of mundane tasks can be quite challenging sometimes.

By thinking about life as an adventure, I’ve noticed that I’m much more willing to try new things than I was 2-10 years ago, and most of the time those new things turn out to be quite enjoyable. Not every experience turns out as I’d expected, or even how I’d least expected it to, but I just chalk up those as lessons for next time.

Some of the more recent adventures I’ve had include attending my first official soccer game, followed by spur of the moment going to a bar with a girl friend and not being too shy to talk to other bar patrons, and for something not so exciting, ┬áselecting one new food item that I’ve never cooked/eaten during a recent grocery store trip.

The food purchase was a spontaneous decision, and when I got home I had no idea what I was going to do with chia seeds, despite them being all the rage on various recipes all over the internet. Whenever I figure out what I’m going to do with them, I’ll classify that as an adventure for my taste buds. ­čÖé

It’s amazing how even just narrating (internally, obviously) a trip to the laundromat can turn the trip from something boring and dreaded into a task that is not only easy, but a little fun. (In my laundry-day stories, there’s always some struggle between good and evil, with the fellow patrons of the establishment playing roles such as the Hag to the Prince in my head– hopefully this internal story creation doesn’t make me sound like a total weirdo.)

Even if it’s a little weird to try making things into adventures, I’m okay with being given that label, as variety is the spice of life, and I’d rather have a smile on my face and people think I’m odd than be a bump on a log who just goes through the motions of life without any thought or care to make things more interesting.

Have you ever treated each day as a new adventure? And if so, I’d love to hear some of the ways you’ve turned everyday activities into something fun or exciting. Also, did you notice a change in your attitude or mood once you changed your mind/outlook towards daily tasks?

If you’ve never tried adopting anything like my “adventure everyday in the small things” philosophy, go ahead and try it out for a few days, a week, or longer, and report back to me here with your thoughts concerning the experiment.

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