One of the Tranquility by Tuesday rules is to have “one big adventure” and “one little adventure” each week. A big adventure is something novel or memorable taking 3-4 hours (think half a weekend day). A little adventure can be less than an hour — doable on a lunch break or a weekday evening — as long as it is out-of-the-ordinary.
Of course, we tend to be most familiar with the ordinary stuff in our lives. Finding something out-of-the-ordinary to do can be a little challenging. So, one common question I’ve been getting about this rule is how to figure out doable adventures.
There are lots of approaches, but one good one is recognizing that tweaks to normal activities can be adventures if done mindfully. So for instance, you can…
Get on the email lists for all sorts of local institutions. That way you can learn about their programs/festivals/events. You might find, for instance, that a library branch in your town has a new art exhibit upstairs. You can stop by the library as you might anyway, and then make an excursion to the exhibit space. Voila — a little adventure.
Work out differently. If you exercise in any way, this provides an opportunity to squeeze in an adventure. Try a new walking route, or bike to a destination. If you normally run on a treadmill or the road, running on a trail can be an adventure. And then each new trail you try can be an additional adventure, spread out over many weeks!
Be a tourist in your own town. Most places have at least some spot that visitors would be sent. If you’ve never gone there, try it out. Maybe there’s a historic cemetery a quarter mile from your office that you could walk to over lunch.
Get together with new people. Anything novel can be a little adventure, and new acquaintances are, well, new. Getting together with familiar people in new places can also be an adventure.
Explore your own house. When I did the Tranquility by Tuesday project in early 2021, some people still had Covid restrictions in place. But that didn’t mean adventures were impossible. Climbing a tree as an adult would likely be an adventure! Elisabeth Frost posted a picture of the giant Chutes & Ladders game her family drew with chalk on the driveway. That is an adventure too.
Ultimately, adventure is more a state of mind than an objective standard of measurement. If you think it’s interesting, novel, memorable, then it is. With the rule to build in one little adventure each week you start to be on the lookout for more adventures. And whatever we look for, we tend to find. So this rule becomes easier after a while.
What little adventures have you tried lately?
In other news: This weekend is going to be a doozy. Much hosting, including my first “big” party in the new house on behalf of one of my children’s schools. Hopefully it will go wonderfully and inspire me to host more parties. So after all those mentions of Costco-sized cereal in yesterday’s comments, I’m off to Costco today for party food…
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