Have You Had an Everyday Adventure Lately?

February 26, 2018

I don’t know about you, but my well of inspiration needs refilling. Maybe you’ve been cooped up all winter, and you’re craving something different, too. Have you had an everyday adventure lately?

There’s nothing wrong with having pleasant comfortable routines—I’m a big fan. But the second half of the Catching Happiness tagline is “everyday adventures.” When pursuing a happy life, everyday adventures are just as important as simple pleasures, but since they require more effort on our part, they sometimes don’t get the attention they should. Having a mini-adventure to look forward to makes it much easier to cope with life’s inevitable boring or difficult stretches.

Everyday adventures don’t have to cost a lot—or anything at all. They’re more a mindset than anything else (being called for jury duty, for example, was an everyday adventure!). Here are a few possibilities:

  • Eat at an ethnic restaurant you’ve never tried before, or cook a meal from a different culture at home
  • Visit a park or botanical garden (weather permitting), or a zoo, aquarium, or museum
  • Watch a foreign film
  • Read a book in translation, or from a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  • Take the long way—or at least a different way—when you drive to work or run errands.
  • Go to the library and browse the books, music, and DVDs—check out something completely new to you.
  • Take an online class.

In addition to being something to look forward to, everyday adventures are often a gift for the remembering self. I love having something to share when someone asks me what I’ve been up to lately, beyond “Um, working and taking care of our house,” that is. I’m not sure yet what my next everyday adventure will be (besides Luna, that is)—but I’m thinking it’s time for some well-filling inspiration.

What will your next everyday adventure be? Please share in the comments!

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  1. My sketch group finds adventures every week! It's like sketching becomes an excuse to go exploring! Good reminder. Tomorrow My sweetheart and I are taking a real road trip, something I haven't done for quite awhile. I wonder what your next adventure will be...?...

    1. Hope you have a most adventurous road trip, Rita, and that you share some sketches on your blog!

  2. Dear Kathy - Luna will be sure to bring you many everyday adventures - enjoy them. Puppy hood will certainly keep you on your toes! Hugs!

    1. Luna is most definitely keeping me hopping. She's sweet, but high energy (aren't all puppies?). So far I'm just keeping her from hurting herself and destroying the house!