Do you still look at the world with wonder? Do you still tinker or doodle? Do you visit museums or travel? Do you read new books?
Discovery can have an almost scientific or scholarly connotation, but I am not talking about going there. We’re not all Nicholas Tesla or Marie Curie. Most of us are not going to take steps on the moon. I am talking about discovering the world you inhabit. Discovering your city’s hidden treasures is just as noteworthy as the worlds you can explore by reading a book. You can discover new countries or just a new place to find funky jewelry.
Keeping that wonder, that curiosity, fuels a positive life. When you stop looking around to find something new, you can get trapped in the old. Your life can become routine and boring. A positive life is so much more than that. It is about living your adventure and discovering everything you can.
I am a staunch believer in the need for adventure in one’s life. I was born with a serious case of wanderlust and it has only gotten worse as I have gotten older.
I get a rush when I get on an airplane. It is a twinge of excitement (ok and a little dread) and pent up anticipation. There is nothing like stepping off that plane and looking around a new airport to get a sense of a city. In San Francisco, there are signs for designated yoga areas. In Austin, barbecue and music everywhere. In Chicago, you can find our favorite chef’s foods in a couple of locations.
I am planning for 2014 and the list of places I want to go is getting longer by the minute (even if I did have to cancel my trip to India on account of a wedding being called off). I want to make it to San Francisco twice, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle, Austin, New York, Las Vegas, Dallas, Milwaukee, Freiburg, Indianapolis … and probably a few more.
I can’t wait to discover what treasures any of these cities might hold. What new friends might be there or what new favorite foods I might try.
It’s time to see what’s behind the door and step out into your adventure.