Photograph by Victoria Blando.
When it comes to recreation, I will probably never be an expert at any one thing. I prefer to dabble in the richness of all that the great outdoors has to offer, a jack of all trades and master of none. In this technological world, it can often be a bit too easy to look beyond the places we find ourselves and think that adventure can only be found elsewhere. Open roads, changing seasons, diverse landscapes. However, there are often amazing things waiting in our own backyards.
There is an art to finding adventure where you are:
When I was traveling, no matter where I stayed, I kept finding a familiar theme among the residents: To them, their home was the best place in the world. Look around you. You cannot always change your circumstances and book the next flight to anywhere, but you change how you see them. And when you learn to be content, your whole view changes.
Try something new.
You don't need to leave your little corner of the world in order to go somewhere that you have never been and try something new. Look for the best in the wild places around you. Take to the water or climb a mountain to seek a new perspective. Camp in your own backyard and watch the stars. Dare to explore where you are. You may be amazed at what you discover.
Be a kid again.
When we were children, life was simpler. Do you remember how it felt to jump in the leaves and play in the mud? Take a few hours to put aside all of the chaos and see it all through different eyes. Whether you run free or find hiding new hiding places in plain sight, let yourself rediscover the excitement of the great outdoors.
How do you practice the art of finding adventure where you are?
Maddie Buresh is a writer and photographer with an unquenchable desire to explore the great outdoors, from the ocean to the mountains. She finds joy in trying new things, living in community, and crafting stories that encourage people to go outside, have adventures, and enjoy this big, beautiful world.