With about only a month left before school starts, some of you may feel pressured to really make the most out of the rest of summer. If you have a job or just spend your days watching Netflix because it’s too hot out, this may seem like a nearly impossible task. Well, there are some ways to make every day worthwhile.
Here are a few ways to add a little adventure to your days:
1. Change Your Mindset
Redefine what you consider an adventure. You don’t have to devise an elaborate plan to escape your routine; there are plenty of new things to experience where you live. In order to escape the mindset that everything around you is mundane, try looking with new eyes. While the house you’ve never noticed on your drive to work may not immediately be connected with adventure, opening your mind to the idea that there’s always something new is a vital part of separating yourself from your routine and making each day more exciting.
2. Explore and Open Yourself to New Experiences
It often seems that exploration and adventure are intertwined; however, you don’t have to go to a foreign place to explore. Check out your town. Is there a restaurant you’ve never tried? Is there a park you occasionally drive by? You also may just happen upon something new. Maybe a coworker invites you to a roller derby or there’s a cover band playing a few towns over in a couple hours. Try making fewer excuses. Think about what would happen in action movies if every character said, “Sorry, I can’t.”
3. Find Out What Kind of Adventurer You Are
Do you like to adventure alone or with friends? Do you rely completely on spontaneity and follow your whim to the cafe that just opened, or do you make “bucket lists” to help remind you to finally visit that farmer’s market you pass every day? You won’t know until you try each one—but isn’t that the adventure? Trying new things from various perspectives will allow you to gain a fuller view of the world. Throw yourself from the norm and give it a go!
Just remember… Adventure is out there! It’s what you make of it! Don’t forget that when classes start either.