I’ve often heard people say, “It’s the small things in life that…” Whether they’re talking about what really matters, or what makes you most happy, or something else, the message is the same: every moment counts.
More and more, I’m finding it’s true in my life too. Sometimes the “big” things aren’t as satisfying as when I live a week of “little” things – taking time to (literally) smell the roses (and other flowers) on a walk, enjoying a cup of tea while coloring, playing with a puppy, meeting with a friend to do something fun, or reading a good book. It makes me happy to make time for and appreciate the small ways that life is good.
However, it’s not always easy to do this. As someone who is this goal-oriented, I have a hard time focusing on what is going on now, rather than wishing, planning, or worrying about the future.
Even though I have several smaller list items, sometimes I get frustrated about not making bucket list progress, or get discouraged and antsy if it’s been a while since I’ve traveled somewhere (anyone else feel this way?). Making sure I focus on smaller, everyday things that make me happy is one way to help fight this feeling and reset my mind to celebrate any moment no matter how small.
I’m also aware that some of the bigger things wouldn’t get done if I didn’t do the little things. For example, I’m more confident speaking to people because I’ve practiced talking to random strangers in small conversations here and there, both as I travel and at home. This makes it easier to talk with anyone, about anything, whether asking someone for something for my bucket list or blog, making small talk with a celebrity, or hanging out with fellow travelers.
My summer (and this year in general) has been pretty exciting so far, but I know that the excitement from the big things will wear off. I want to push myself to recognize that every day doesn’t have to be a giant travel experience to have special moments of adventure. Actually, sometimes I feel like daily life lived intentionally, may have more opportunity for adventure than a vacation.
When I’m aware of and actively choosing what I’m doing and why, I notice more opportunities, I spend more time on things that matter to me, and I feel more satisfied than when I live by default, doing the same things I always do.
That’s why I’m starting this 31 Days of Everyday Adventure project, where I’ll challenge myself and the other participants to do small activities every day, meant to give us just a little push toward doing something different and appreciating all of life.
It’s about creating space for the daily moments that challenge us to go a little bit further than we’re comfortable with – because we can always return to our comfort zones if we don’t like it on the outside, but the consequences of never trying to leave are too high.
Join me in getting out of that rut you’re in. Try something new. Don’t overlook the everyday adventures.