When was the last time you went outside? I’m not talking about walking to your car when you go to and leave from work or the 50 foot walk you took to go the grocery store, or the light jog you took to get out of the rain. One of the things I’ve noticed is that when we get somewhere we kind of get comfortable, and just follow a routine. We get up, get clean, get dressed, eat, do some sort of work, eat lunch, continue that work, come home, go get groceries if it’s a grocery day, eat dinner, do some sort of indoor recreation like watching TV, playing video games, etc, and go to bed. Copy and paste this into a calendar and you might get the story of your life.
One of the things that is wrong with us is that we have sort of lost our sense of adventure. Remember when you were little, where every hill, every chair, every tree, was a challenge. Remember when you would see some distant object, and instead of wonder what it could be but continue with your life, you went out to explore it, to see exactly what it was that caught your eye. As we’ve gotten older, many of us have lost that sense of adventure. We don’t want to go out and explore the world we live in. Instead we use petty excuses like, “It’s too cold”, “It’s too hot”, “That’s way to far”, or something else. Yet, when we are at home we complain about how there is nothing to do, you’ve been to all the stores you like going to, there aren’t any movies you’d care to see, and you’ve already “exercised” for the week.
It’s a huge world out there, if you live in an urban area or suburban, there are literally miles of explorable terrain in every direction.
Me and my friends ride bikes. It’s our thing. Whether it’s day, night, raining, snowing, sunny, or cloudy. We ride bikes. We ride our bikes to school, and we ride them up a hill to get home. Every week, usually at night, we’ll pick a direction we haven’t gone to before, and ride until we get tired. Or the police stop us. It is so much fun to ride across the city, with no real purpose or goal other to see what is out there. The sheer excitement of exploring our city is enough to sustain me, even through the toughest and longest climbs on the coldest nights. In our rides we found a really nice park, several bike shops, tons of stores and restaurants, just to name a few. We’ve never let anything prevent us from riding our bikes. We’ve ridden at 3Am, and we’ve ridden in 10 degree temperatures. It’s really just tons of fun to just go out and see what’s out there.
There is also a major benefit to going exploring, it’s great exercise. Me and my friends can usually ride 10+ miles on a night ride. Which isn’t much on flat terrain, but we’re usually climbing hills the entire time thanks to the Salt Lake mountains. So if you translate that to calories lost, we should have six packs in just a few short months. =)
So get out there and go exploring! It’s a big world out there.
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