The grass is always greener on the other side. I’m not the only one who feels like that, right?
As you know, I grew up in the Wisconsin countryside. Now that I’m grown and have spent some time away from the Midwest, I now realize that Wisconsin has so much to offer. But me at age 18? Couldn’t get away fast enough. All that teenage angst had me feeling like where I was at wasn’t exciting enough. That the grass is always greener on the other side,
Now that I’m older, post-college and on my own schedule, it’s clear that adventures are everywhere. You just have to go out and find them.
The key to exploring your own green grass is having an open mind and the will to have fun anywhere.
Go for dinner at a new spot. Order something you’ve never had before
That park your coworker likes to hike? Go after work for a post-screen detox.
Drive an extra 30 minutes to a new dog park instead of your neighborhood one.
Find something totally new on IfOnly to try out, like a cooking lesson or sailboat ride.
Do something that scares you, like scuba diving lessons or hot air balloon rides.
Grab your man and take a walk around a neighborhood you never visit.
Or, grab your man during lunch hour and dine someplace new.
Go camping. Go kayaking. Go swimming. Go and get outdoors.
Buy that crazy shade of lipstick and rock it.
Visit your local museum’s latest installation.
I could go on and on, but the important thing to remember is that adventures are all around you. It’s easy to think that exciting things are anywhere but you are, and they come only after a long roadtrip or plane ride. But, adventures are in the form of everyday things. I find that some of my favorite memories from this past year are small ones. Evenings walks in new spots. Morning hikes by the ocean. Last minute day trips to wine country. Mid-day brunches in the sunshine.
So, now the only question left is where is your nearest adventure?