Stop Waiting. Start Doing.
If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that if you have a dream and want to do something, then do it. Stop talking about how you wish you could, or how you’d like to, maybe, someday…stop. Wishful thinking never made things happen. Start doing.
Don’t get me wrong—these things take time and effort, and you’ll probably have to work around some obstacles along the way. You may decide that it’s not worth what you have to put into it and quit (that’s okay, too, and doesn’t make you a failure). And of course, there are seasons and circumstances in life that require you to put things on hold for awhile, but it’s important to remember that they are only temporary, and should not hold you back forever.
It’s also important to recognize that small steps are still moving you forward. You don’t have to quit your job, move across the country, and change your entire lifestyle in one fell swoop (or ever, for that matter, unless that’s actually your goal). An adventurous life not out of reach; it is made in the everyday decisions, the little things. It happens through small changes that don’t seem like much on their own, but add up over time. Even if you never fulfill the specifics of your goal, I’m betting the process of working toward it will have some pretty great rewards, in and of itself.
Personal example: My husband and I love taking road trips together. We love to travel and explore new places, and have been known to take very long, very spontaneous detours down random backroads, out of pure curiosity. Eventually, we’d like to take a few months off and take a drive across the country. Will that happen? Maybe, maybe not, but just because we can’t pack up and leave tomorrow doesn’t mean that we can’t infuse that same sense of adventure into our current lives.
We were talking about it a couple of weeks ago, and decided that once a month, we are going to make a point to go on a mini weekend road trip, anywhere within in a drive of 5 hours or less. We’re planning to car camp + bring our own food to save money (although let’s be real, we’ll be hitting up at least one local restaurant wherever we go), and research as many free activities as possible. It is possible to travel without spending a fortune; you just have to be willing to make a few sacrifices to make it happen (and travel is almost always worth it)!
The point is, even if we never get to take a multi-month cross-country trip, we can still do something. It would be a shame for us to spend our lives sitting at home, staring at our screens, waiting for the perfect conditions. Even if our dream trip never happens, I still want to be able to say that I lived a life full of adventures, and that I made the most of every opportunity, even when the circumstances weren’t perfect.
I’m excited to start sharing these mini adventures with you guys! Our first trip will be to Asheville, NC, in July. Neither of us have ever been, so we are totally open to ideas for free (or at least really, really cheap) things to do! I would love to hear your recommendations in the comments!
I want to hear from you! What’s your dream or big adventure that you’ve always wanted to do? What small things can you do to start making it happen?