"Bloom where you are planted."
I read two articles today. One where Men's Health raved about the nirvana that is Boulder, Colorado and the other article claimed Dallas, Texas as "the worst outdoor city in America" (Outdoor Magazine 2014)
Well hell, Guess where I live.
So- here I am, a girl that craves adventure, who LOVES being outside and wants nothing more than to live my passion hanging out with the hippies, cyclists, trail runners and yogis in the mountains; but I reside in the Dallas suburbs.
I pouted about it for a while, and then decided that since I'm here for 6 more years, (and since I write a blog called "Adventures of an Ordinary Girl,") that it was time to "suck it up buttercup" and do something about it. Thus, here are my ideas of how to have an adventure wherever you are.
1. Do something out of your comfort zone.
This could be anything from skydiving to volunteering at the homeless shelter. My new adventure is teaching the "active older adults class" at the Y, and each and every day I am inspired by their strength, tenacity and love of life. They scare me a little- in a good way- because they know exactly what they want and let you know accordingly. They expect the best, which makes me better.
2. Play with your kids.
Have you forgotten how to pretend? Play with your kids. It's so fun to see the creative and amazing adventures they live out every day. Make space for play and family time in your life and get ready to swim with mermaids, and to shoot the bad guys with squirt guns.
3. Get outside!
Maybe we don't have the mountains or the beach, but we have a few man-made lakes and rivers and several bike and hike trails. Get to the water or out in the woods. Yes, you will have to drive there, but the euphoria you experience as you see the sun rise over White Rock Lake or as you witness that bobcat winking at you at Rowlett Creek makes it all worth it.
4. Buy local or organic
Head to the farmers market as if you lived in Seattle. Shop at Whole Foods or Sprouts. Good food- free of pesticides and other toxins is worth it, and the experience is fun instead of stressful.
5. Take a class, see a show, try something new
Just get out. Now that I live in Allen, it is so tempting to stay up here in my own little bubble- but there is so much talent available to us through theater, restaurants, museums and music. Go experience all of it! Soak it in! From Broadway to burritos- we have it. Eat it up.
6. Hang out with someone new
We learn what we love through doing. Introduce yourself to someone, and let them introduce you to new experiences. Have you ever eaten a little baby octopus' at a French restaurant before? No?
Now that's adventure!!!
Oprah Winfrey said that "the biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams."
Travel to Machu Picchu, swim with the sharks in Africa, climb that goddamn mountain......
But the life of your dreams is happening right now, where you live. What are you waiting for?