One of my favorite quotes right now is: “Adventure may hurt you but monotony will kill you.” As someone who is prone to wanderlust and bouts of restlessness, I definitely know where that saying is coming from.
It’s really important to get out and do stuff from time to time. Not every day has to be a magnificent adventure, although anything can be if you approach it in the right way.
Like most college students, my friends and I are stuck in the throes of finals week. We’ve been stuck in these brick buildings for months on end, studying and going to classes and work, forced inside by the brutal winter.
It’s not been great.
But the weather has finally broken and spring is finally, finally here. And we needed a break. So, instead of shuffling back up to our respective rooms and near-solitudes after dinner, we decided to get out and do something.
We ended up at a nearby park, and it was possibly the most blissful experience I’ve had in months.
Yeah, I know you’re thinking, wow, brilliant, you went to a park, great for you. But first of all, shut up with your negativity. And second of all, it was completely gorgeous there. It was kind of chilly, but all you needed was a light jacket. The sun was in the perfect spot just before sunset when everything for some reason seems 10 times more beautiful.
We swang on swings and played on the playground for a bit, then we walked around by the river and the bridge, then through to the other side of the park. It was so nice, and it got me thinking about how important it is to break routine regularly.
You can get stuck in a certain way of thinking, in a rut of doing the same things over and over and over again. You start to feel dispassionate and melancholy all the time, for reasons you’re not sure you can explain. And then something like this gets proposed and at first you don’t want to do it because you’ve grown used to laying in bed watching Netflix.
Do it anyways.
Yes, adventure might hurt you (I fell off a swing, Becca slid down a tree trunk, I slid off a decorative boulder, Becca nearly fell in the river, and Lexi, Becca, and I nearly killed ourselves attempting to lift me into a tree BUT WE’RE FINE) – but sitting around, doing the same thing day in and day out will eventually kill you.
I really urge you to get out and do something different today. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and summer really is just around the corner.
Put down your textbooks for an hour, take a walk outside, play frisbee with your friends, go get an ice cream cone – not every adventure has to be one for the record books. But you can easily make any day a little extra adventurous (cheesy enough for you?).
(PS I stole some of these photos from Lexi my bff who is awesome).