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The Unadventure Adventure

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

I often forget adventure can be found even when doing "nothing." Planning nothing. Going nowhere. Or simply being aimless. It is an option. And if you struggle with overextending yourself and being chronically busy leading to regular bouts of burn-out, then sometimes you just need a day where you stare out the window, the wall, a book, or zone out with no particular focus.

Today is one of those days for me. Or more accurately--the last couple of days.

I wanted to write a post about my recent visit to Salem, Massachusetts, but the creative juices weren't flowing. I know what I wanted to write about, but the words weren't coming. There are several household tasks I need to complete, but motivation isn't showing up. So what do you do when you just "aren't feeling it?" Take it as a sign that maybe you need to give yourself permission to STOP. Your body and your brain have already made the decision for you, so why fight it?

Giving yourself permission to rest, without GUILT, is most definitely an adventure for those who aren't used to resting, forget to rest, or have been in survival mode for a lengthy amount of time. After all, adventuring is really just getting out of your comfort zone or changing up the scenery, so if you aren't used to resting or giving your brain a break, then yes, engaging in the act of "doing nothing" can be a shock to the system. That's also when the brain chatter, self-criticism, and guilt feelings seem the loudest.

After spending most of the morning engaging in "nothingness," an opportunity to spend time with my sister came available and I took it. No particular plan or anywhere to be, we went into town and looked around at some ideas for my chicken coop that I have put up, yet still have no chickens due to my tendency to over obligate myself. We grabbed a bite to eat at a popular, yet surprisingly not busy, sushi restaurant and enjoyed some fresh baked cookies from a new and also popular cookie bakery that I had not yet visited. None of this was on the agenda today when I woke up. It was a purely spontaneous, meandering, of nothingness that eventually included my sister. I wonder how often I leave room in my schedule for engaging in what is important--opportunities to meaningfully connect with friends or family without a plan in place.

So today's little blog post is simply encouragement for you to change up your busy scenery by planning a little nothingness in your life. Recharge and reset. Discover an adventure in the unadventure. When you do, you might be pleasantly surprised to find the meaningful opportunities available that are often missed with a packed, over-booked, daily/weekly/monthly/weekend agenda.

How often do you allow yourself to engage in "nothingness?" To structure a day of no structure? To plan a day with no plan? If you have allowed this type of "unadventure" in your life, what adventure showed up, just by you declaring it an "unadventure?"

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