Sunday , November 05, 2017 - 12:00 AM
Last summer, I found myself falling in love with the old cities and awe-inspiring architecture of Italy, Switzerland and France. It was an experience I will never, ever forget.
From the colorful buildings of Cinque Terre to the waterfalls of Switzerland and the Eiffel Tower itself, I was going on new adventures every single day.
Amidst my travels, I constantly wondered how the people who lived in these beautiful countries and cities could ever get used to their own hometowns. Between the famous landmarks and rich culture, the people of those towns were sure to have new adventures around every corner, and I wanted that so badly.
For me, life at home was just wake up, go to school, go home, do homework, eat dinner, repeat. I didn’t want to be holed up in school all day, but alas, there’s not much a 17-year-old girl with no money and no car can do.
Or so I thought.
The real and honest truth is that there are so many ways to have adventure in your own daily life, no matter your age, circumstance or the amount of money you might have in your pocket. Here’s a few adventures that I have found upon coming home from Europe:
• Read books. Books are basically transportable adventures, ways of escaping reality and exploring new lands without even leaving the comfort of your hometown. Go to your local library and find a book that intrigues you. (I would highly recommend the Southwest Branch library in Roy; it’s fantastic.)
• Take photographs. And take them of everything you possibly can. Take a closer look at the surroundings that have become so normal to you, and find the beauty in them again. Make the ordinary extraordinary.
• Learn. You know that thing that you’re so curious about, but you never actually take the time to learn about it? Yeah, well, do it now. Maybe you want to know about the vastness of the stars and the way the planets align, or how to make a soufflé. Let go of your fear of the unknown and go learn.
• Try something new. Take a different route to work or school one morning. Shop at a different grocery store. Eat a different cereal for breakfast. Our lives are filled with constants — not necessarily a bad thing, but the same things can get dull at times. Find something that you do the same day in and day out, and change it. You’d be surprised how big of a difference a small change can make.
• Get involved. There are so many ways to be connected to the world and community — blogging, service projects, clubs, committees, and so much more. Take something that you love and find a way you can apply it to the world, whether it be just in your own city or across the web.
• And finally, realize that adventure is where you look for it. While I was in Europe, I expected an adventure every day, and because of that expectation, I got one. If you want adventure in your life, you can’t just passively go through the motions; you have to seek out those things that make living interesting and wonderful.
Adventure is less about circumstance, and much more about character.
Bailey Shae O’Leary is a senior at Northridge High School. She loves writing, reading, photography and art of all kinds. Email her at email@example.com.
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