Living Adventurously When Travel Isn’t an Option
I swear I didn’t forget I have a blog. I’ve actually been blogging almost every day if blogging can be yelling at tech support for not pushing the editor update to you so you can’t change anything on your site. I’ve done a lot of that kind of blogging. It’s emotionally draining to be angry at people that take hours to respond to your questions. You have to keep that angry face on like a full time job – which is very hard to do when you’re only ONE MONTH AWAY FROM EUROPE CAN I GET AN AMEN. I’m not even really excited right now because I kind of don’t believe it. I’m going to wear something other than my waitressing clothes? No one is going to ask me for a side of ranch? Nonsense. This world is all I know.
I’m no stranger to the reality that travel isn’t a possibility for everyone. In fact – more often than not, I’m not traveling at all. Family, work, finances, health, and school can all keep you anchored down. That’s partly what inspired the Roaming 20’s – taking advantage of every opportunity to learn and grow – both at home and abroad. You don’t have to be on a new continent to meet new people or see things differently. You don’t have to get on a plane to find cool places to take pictures. You don’t need to have an excursion booked to have an excuse to learn a new language. You don’t have to travel 10,000 miles to stand on a new street surrounded by new possibilities and things to explore. You can do all of those things wherever you are now.
So this is just your friendly reminder that there are hiking trails and restaurants and museums right in your town that I bet you’ve never been to before. So go to them. Download Duolingo on your phone and learn a new language. Volunteer somewhere local – you don’t have to travel to a third world country to find people who need your help. Cook new foods and learn new skills. Read a new book. Watch a new documentary. Be mindful of what you do in your downtime and do things that matter to you.
I’m working hard at this, too. Trying to go out of my way to do things for other people, get better at learning French, and trying to consistently read new books and try new workouts instead of staying in my same routine. And you know what? It’s working for me. It’s making life a little more exciting. I’m planning on making that a more consistent theme on the blog – things I’m doing in the every day, not just the highlight travel reel.
Thats all for today – just some musings I had as I drank my gazillionth cup of coffee.
Side note – vlogging. I want to get started and make it an addition to the site — any suggestions?