I often talk about taking adventures and have often challenged my readers to do the same. But it occurs to me that I may not be clear about what I think an “adventure” is. An adventure is anything that gets me off the couch and out of the house, meeting people or discovering something new. It can be a big adventure or small one. Doesn’t really matter. For me, life is lived out there, not inside watching television.
I’m often asked how I have time to write books and all the other stuff I’m into. The short answer is I don’t watch much television. I’m not opposed to television and there are a few shows I do watch but in general very little of what is broadcast these days interests me. Most of what passes for entertainment is, in my opinion, the root of many of our problems. People watch the fighting and screaming and cursing on today’s “reality” shows and think that’s how they’re supposed to act. They believe that is “reality” and so it becomes reality.
I prefer a different reality.
I’m not trying to say that I’m out exploring every day or setting off on a new grand adventure each week. There’s no way to keep up that pace. I know that. I’m also not trying to say I think I am better than anyone else. I just choose a different way to spend my time. I make an effort to get out and see the world when I can. It’s amazing to me how much stuff is close by. You just have to look.
So, that’s my challenge to you. Find an adventure. Turn off the television and go get involved in something. Take on a new project.
If you’re in the Charleston area, check out the Creators Programat DigiSo. I’ll be putting on a presentation there next month on Self Publishing and there are lots of other programs coming up about lots of different topics, all geared to help people be creative.
If you’re not around here, or not interested in that, take a class in something you always wanted to do. Learn pottery, go on an archeological dig, learn to dive, take up photography, go spelunking, take on a project at your church. Whatever floats your boat, but get out there.
I don’t know if this will work or not, but I’m going to set up a new Group on Facebook called Adventures with a Purpose. I’ll post these blogs there, but I’m also hoping people (YOU) will follow the page and post your own adventures. I want to create up a community of people who like to get out of their comfort zone a little bit. Maybe we can encourage each other take on new adventures. If you have an opportunity, post it. If you did something interesting, post it with pictures. You never know what that might spark someone else to try.
I hope to see you out there!