Over the past few months, I have been constantly out of town, going places on the weekends. Upon returning home one Sunday evening, I was talking to a friend about my most recent little trip and they said something along the lines of, "Wow, you're gone all the time! You just don't sit still do you?" I pondered that statement for a while, and then I discovered a new found truth...I just don't believe in sitting still.
Sure, I know that sometimes all a person really needs to recooperate is a nice long nap, or some down time that involves gluing yourself to the couch and watching every chick flick in your movie collection. Trust me, I find plenty of time for this during my week. However, we sometimes fail to realize that there is a beautiful, vast world out there. This lovely planet that we live on has so much to offer. Don't you want to experience it?
Experiencing the world doesn't mean that you have to travel to foreign countries to appreciate the splendor of different sights and cultures. Sure, that is something that we all want to do, and I plan to do plenty of traveling outside of the U.S. myself someday. But the fact that you may not be able to do it right now shouldn't hinder you from having a little adventure in your life.
I believe in adventures, no matter how big or how small. I have full confidence that going for a walk in the park down the road will rejuvenate my spirit just as much as a stroll down the streets of London. I have no doubt that driving to the beach for the weekend, and sleeping on the floor of a friend's parent's house to make it cheaper, will result in just as many memories as staying at a five star resort in a large city. I know from experience that taking a day to explore a small town thirty minutes away can open your eyes to everything that the world, or even the state that you live in, has to offer.
You know that state park in the next county over that is supposed to have great hiking? Go visit it. Have a friend that lives a couple of hours away and has been begging you to come hang out? Make it a day trip. Want to go somewhere for the weekend, but you're short on cash? Go with friends, share costs, and cut corners until you can make it happen. Bored, but really can't afford to leave town? Take the day to visit places in your town that you have never been to.
Never let an opportunity to make memories pass you by. Say yes more than you say no. Travel when you can. Familiarize yourself with your own backyard. Take in as much of the world as you can. This is what our planet is here for...to help us grow and learn and gain experience from simply visiting familiar and unfamiliar places alike. Take advantage of your free time. Just go.