At the end of every year I sit down with my datebook/journal and I inventory my year. I started doing this years ago on a very macro level but each year I get a little more detailed with what I track; how often we eat out opposed to cooking for ourselves (no contest, eating out always wins); how many movies/videos I’ve watched (too many) and how many books I’ve read (always pretty consistent); how often and where I’ve traveled (never enough); how much hiking and biking I’ve done, etc. As I was doing my inventory for last year it occurred to me that it was a pretty good year for new experiences.
Many of these experiences came from our trip to Belize.
Rappelling and Ziplining
Standup Paddle Boarding
Some of the experiences happened right here at home.
Off-roading in the Jeep
It also occurred to me that though I’m sure I try something new every year (certainly I must, right?) I’ve never really put much thought into it, it always just happens organically. When I came across this quote by Paulo Coelho, around the same time I was doing my inventory, that says If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine, it is lethal, it really spoke to me. So this year I decided to take charge of my experiences and set a goal. Since only three of last years experiences happened here at home opposed to while on vacation I set a goal of five new experiences for the year.
Well, here we are six months into the year and I have surpassed my goal!
Rock Climbing Wall
My scream is from pure exhilaration and not from fear. This was so much fun!!!
Camping By Myself
Standup Paddle Board Yoga
I don’t know if I reached my goal so quickly because seeking out new experiences has been in the back of my mind or whether the life changes I’ve made in the last year have just led me to them. Either way they’ve kept me from routine and I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings!