The next best thing to the thrill of an expedition is planning one.
Poring over a map, tracing the line that you’re going to walk/run/cycle/fly and piercing it with a pin as the idea once did your heart.
Punching key words into Google, scouring message boards and gulping down Wikipedia articles to feed greedily with one hand your knowledge and with the other hand your enthusiasm.
A fine pastime if you’ve got a grand expedition in the pipeline but what of the rest of us? The mere mortals with normal lives and normal holiday allowances?
Take a look at a map of your route home, an OS map or the satellite view on Google. Is there a field you could cross, a hill you could scale or some side streets you didn’t know about?
Look up your local town online. Does it have some history or an interesting person associated with it that you could turn into an adventure of your own?
Scan the horizon for a destination. Brainstorm what could make you get up early tomorrow. Find out what the weather‘s doing this week that might inspire you to head outside. Start a list for all your ideas so you don’t forget them. Create a spreadsheet for your training. Put pen to paper and start planning but be warned…
This is not an excuse to delay.
“Procrastination” does not feature in the Everyday Adventurer Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Do not be all talk and no action but use this as yet another way to force one more mouthful out of the tooth paste tube of life.
Got a quiet two minutes at work? Research. No paper to read on the commute? Plan.
Adventures bring much in and of themselves but they wouldn’t be half what they are if it wasn’t for the excitement of preparation and the anticipation of departure.
So, even if you’re not planning a three-month Himalayan epic any time soon, head for the drawing board with a miniature adventure.
This is an Everyday Adventure and it is here for you to try. There are no rules, constraints or conditions. Treat this as a spark for your imagination. Use it as an injection of excitement into your daily routine.
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