Tallahassee, FL – January 21, 2013
There’s no adventure in Tallahassee. It has to be the most boring place on the planet. There’s nothing to do here except paddle from one end of the country to the other.
Millions cross my route every day. They cross it on their way to school and work, to pick up groceries or drop kids off, to go on dates and hangout with friends. Millions. How easy is it to brush aside things like adventure and excitement in a town you know, in the places you see every day, in routine.
But adventure is there, waiting, just waiting for you to uncover it.
More than a bed, my house, a car, my friends, what I love about coming back to Tallahassee in the middle of this trip is knowing how many times I thought there was nothing to do here and how foolish I was. I’d sit in my house and stare out the window and wish I was on some mountain far, far away. Wish that something exciting was within a day’s drive. Wish that I was somewhere I could have an adventure. Now I’m sitting in my house, staring out the window in the middle of the greatest adventure of my life.
That’s a secret I’ve learned about adventure. It is everywhere you want it to be. It doesn’t require a long trip in a kayak or a walk from border to border. It can be as simple as a picnic in a city park with enough food to invite a stranger to join you. It can be going to five restaurants in a night, splitting hamburgers with friends at each, and figuring out which place has the best one. It can be walking to a friend’s house instead of taking the car and figuring out a new route home.
There’s never nothing to do. Walk to your edge and take another step. Adventure is in you. Find it.