Adventure is a big word. It’s huge and exciting, it’s gigantic and ambitious, it’s spectacular and transformational. Though, adventure can also be short and close by. I’ll be the first to admit—I didn’t always know this.
While I spent one year living in Chicago, I was determined to see all of the important things one is supposed to see—The Bean, The Sears Tower, The John Hancock Center, Navy Pier. These were the things on my list. But I also made a point to explore just where I was. Not every adventure had a landmark waiting at the end or even a single destination. So I recruited an adventuring buddy and we began to take little adventures. The little ones around our neighborhood, short ones into other neighborhoods, adventures on streets and adventures in nature.
Some of the most memorable time that I spent in Chicago was spent on these adventures of seemingly small magnitude. They were devoid of pressure to see the “right” things and they were full of enjoying the moment. Soon, we began to notice the beautiful things that one misses when searching for something particular. We didn’t explore what was ahead of us, but rather, the moment we were presently in.
While mountain-climbing, cross-country-driving, culture-defying adventures may be in our futures, it’s important to go on these other adventures. Go for an adventure around your neighborhood, or maybe someone else’s. Maybe a walk, maybe a run, maybe a detour. Maybe you just keep driving straight when you normally take a left.
Adventuring, at its core, can be done anywhere. Perhaps it does not always need to be done far away from home, or on a beautiful day. Perhaps it’s just about appreciating and learning from something new and different. These little adventures are often good bringers of peace.
There is a time for big adventures, but there is a time for little adventures too.