I think it’s important to have a sense of adventure as we navigate through life. I’m not necessarily talking about a desire to go sky diving or climb mountains, but at least being willing to try new things once in a while or do something differently than you have always done it. And if you do like to climb mountains or have gone sky diving, hang gliding, or anything else along those lines, I applaud you. That’s more than I would dare to do.
We all get stuck in a rut with routines and our day to day tasks, so it’s nice to mix things up every once in a while. Maybe try a restaurant you’ve never been to, seeing a performance you might not normally go to, or take a different route home from work, just because. I have a hard time myself getting out of my comfort zone, but all it takes is a friend inviting me to go somewhere I have never been to or do something I have never done, and I am usually game. It’s definitely more fun to try new things with other people.
I am better at trying to encourage my kids to try new things or a different way of doing things than I am myself, but you don’t have to twist my arm. My kids are a different story though. As they have gotten older, they have definitely lost their sense of adventure. I miss being able to suggest that we all go somewhere like the zoo, an animal farm, a new playground, an amusement park, a performance of some sort, or anywhere we hadn’t been to yet, and they would be agreeable and excited. Now, forget it. It’s like pulling teeth to get them out of the house to do much of anything, even if it is something simple like visiting a nearby farm for some freshly pressed apple cider and to buy or pick some apples, which might take an hour.
I know that’s partly because they are teenagers or almost teenagers and are more interested in their friends than family, but I also know I am competing with video games and social media. They would rather sit at home all day in front of a computer or with their iPods in hand. Even when we do go somewhere, they bring their electronics in the car and have their earbuds in or have their nose in a book (which I know I shouldn’t complain about). I guess I should be happy they are not arguing and that it is a quiet car ride, but I think that’s what bothers me most is that they don’t seem to appreciate the time together with other people. I know we are together a good part of the time, but I wish they would value spending some quality time together every once in a while and be up for doing fun things as a family, or minimally be willing to take a break from their electronics and social media to do something outside of the house without me almost insisting.
For those of you with younger kids who still enjoy piling in the car for a new adventure, appreciate that while you can. And for anyone else, don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone or routines and dare to do something different every so often. I am trying to do that in spite of the fact that I don’t have kids who are willing to join me in that effort. Thank goodness for my friends and other family members who are willing to accompany me or invite me!
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