Editor’s Note: Seeking Perspective
Every day presents a fresh opportunity for a new experience…the only question is whether I want to take it.
There’s not much adventure in my day-to-day. I wake-up, get my kid ready for school and then bury my head in work until it’s time to pick her up from daycare. Most of my weekdays are petal-to-the-metal, tearing through my to-do’s so that I can actually slow down after hours to enjoy time with my family. In between, I try and find space for the necessities – you know…working out, eating, and picking rogue toddler socks up off the floor.
Come the weekend, though, I’m ready for a shake-up. In the B.B. (before baby) days, my husband and I would pick up and leave town for a night or spend a Saturday exploring far-flung landmarks and neighborhoods. That was a different time. These days, I’m more on the hunt for adventures that are fun and conveniently fit into the hours of 7 to 11 a.m. or 2 to 6 p.m. (Because, in my world, there are few things in life that are worth sacrificing nap and bedtime.)
I love my daily routine but sometimes it feels completely mundane. Like most things in life, I found that the difference between a “boring” and “extra” day came down to one factor: my perspective. Every day presents a fresh opportunity for a new experience…the only question is whether I want to take it.
Now, I’m not talking about grand, sweeping gestures. I’m not brunching with Beyonce or gallivanting around exotic neighborhoods, perfectly coiffed, on the hunt for Insta-worthy photo opps.
I’m talking about tiny acts, signs so quiet and subtle that they’re likely to go unnoticed unless I’ve made a conscious decision to be open to them that day – free time between errands to make an unplanned pit stop, a moment to read a thought-provoking article I’ve been putting off, a detour on my way to the office so that I can ogle at the adorable ranch homes in the historic neighborhood just down the street.
It seems simple – and possibly even trivial – but it sets my mind right.
I think the major benefit, though, is that these “adventures” are actually forcing me to slow down, to not just run constantly from thing to thing. And that’s what I need in my life right now. Your situation might be different from mine – you might not be a 30-something mom who’s thirsting for (quiet) variety. But I think we could all benefit from a little adventure, no matter how small. Let’s start here: