Millennials have be known for their quest to be different whether it's challenging the quintessential workplace, yearning to travel the world, or coining new terms/phrases/acronyms. We want to explore the corners of the Earth, drag our friends with us, and heck, make a career out of it while we're at it! (yes, this totally sums me up!!) While past generations have paved the path for us and built the founding blocks of inspiration, there is something to be said about the current wave of adventure that's driving millennials mad (in a good way!).
If you're not a millennial - it doesn't matter.
Adventure is for anyone and everyone who's willing to embrace it.
What exactly is it?
Exploring and experiencing something new - whether that be a hike in the great outdoors, or a visit to a new city.
We live in this crazy society where we're expected to be married by a certain age, have kids by a certain age, buy a house (you guessed it - by a certain age), etc. etc. We're burdened by the expectations to seemingly know everything - like what we want, who we are, and what we're going to do with the rest of our lives.
It's hard to know any of these things, let alone one of these things. But adventure doesn't judge. It's not a Chanel purse you can't afford.
Adventure is real. It's obtainable by anyone. You don't have to be wealthy, slim, pretty, or live in a certain city to go on adventures. You just have to get yourself out and explore.
Why should you jump on the adventure revolution?
- Exploring and adventuring can be a form of meditation. It can bring you to a certain mental state where peace and serenity can be found. So many people who have fought depression and anxiety are turning to the great outdoors to find their inner freedom. It's incredible!
- It's a fantastic social activity. Some of my favorite conversations with friends or with my fiancee have been during hikes - even super short hikes - or adventures. You have the opportunity to bond over different topics and even discover something new about the person you're with!
- It's inspiring. I've honestly created my best work while adventuring, whether it's in Taiwan, Iceland, or right here in Los Angeles. There's a reason so many artists and writers do their best work in nature! It gives you the opportunity to open your mind to new experiences, places, and have an inner dialogue with yourself away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
- It's free! Seriously, what beats free??
How can you jump on the adventure revolution?
Jumping on the adventure revolution doesn't mean you need to go to some website, enter your email address, and sign up. It simply means go out and experience something new. Here are some basic ideas to give you a jumping off point:
- Check out a new part of town (read: actually get out of your car and walk around)
- Visit a National Park or a State Park
- Go on a local hike you've never been to before
- Visit a new coffee shop
- Do something touristy in your town/city
- Search for a postcard perfect view of your town/city
- Explore a seasonal activity in your area (ie: the California super bloom!)
- Plan a weekend trip or a day trip to a destination 2hrs away
- Visit a botanical garden or a greenhouse
- Go to a museum
- Open up Google Maps - seriously, open up Google Maps and look around the area you live in. Chances are you'll find a park/area/place you've never been to. I do this a lot!!
Common Excuses and how to overcome them:
You know you're thinking some of these things. We all do. Here's how you can combat some of those thoughts.
"I'm not very adventurous."
Unless you seriously don't like trying new things, I doubt you're not adventurous. Have you ever enjoyed anything new? If your answer is "yes", then you are adventurous.
So am I! It's really difficult to explore and be adventurous when you're an introvert - I totally get it. But you're not alone - there are sooooo many of us. It's so common it's not even funny. The best advice I can give you is to start slow. Plan for 1 adventure each month. Start small by adventuring to a new coffee shop and then slowly move toward planning more ambitious activities once you get the hang of it. You'll want to start on the edge of your comfort zone. Plan your activities in advance on your calendar and stick to it! Check in with yourself at the end of each month to make sure you're staying on track.
"I live in a boring place."
9/10 times someone says this, then don't actually live in a boring place. They just say they live in a boring place because they've been living there for so long. Try the Google Maps trick - jump on Google Maps and zoom in and out of different places nearby. Have you been everywhere? Have you tried every coffee shop, been to every park, explored every road? I grew up in a tiiiiiny town where everyone knew everyone. I lived there for 18yrs, yet there are still places I've never explored. Sure, I've walked around the pond 10 dozen times, but even still, it was different each time.
"The weather stinks where I live."
I hear this one a lot. Especially because I live in sunny Southern California and people always tell me they wish they had the weather I have. If it's raining cats and dogs for 3 weeks in a row, I totally get it - it stinks. You can still explore new shops, indoor markets, etc. whether it's rainy, snowy, or sunny. You can go to a museum or meet up with a new friend. If it's rainy, you can embrace the rain and take a stroll with your umbrella! Make sure to take extra advantage of days that actually are sunny. Where there's a will, there's a way :)
"I have no one to go with / none of my friends are available."
That used to be me. Ha, what am I saying. It still is me! I use this excuse on the reg. But I've recently learned there's no excuse for not doing something. Experiencing new things by yourself is just as insightful and enjoyable as it is with someone else. Plus, you can do things on your own schedule and your own time without adhering to someone else's plans or desires. So just go! Be curious.
So what do you say? Are you going to jump on the adventure revolution?
If you're still struggling to find adventures, let me know in the comments below! I'd be happy to help :)
(All photos taken at Goat Rock Beach in Sonoma County, California)