As I’m writing this, I’m savoring having just returned from an adventure with Dave—a daytrip to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park in Cross Creek to tour her home and eat lunch in The Yearling Restaurant.
We visited last year, but everything wasn’t open then. So, when a writers group I attend suggested a field trip, we jumped at the chance to go again.
In addition to enjoying the park, we met some wonderful folks as we walked along the trail and shared a delicious meal.
I love embracing adventures like this—and Dave does, too.
But for many—and that includes me—doing something different can also be a little daunting at times.
Stepping out of our comfort zones to meet new people.
Breaking our routines to take a risk on something unfamiliar.
Making the effort to be social when it seems easier to stay home.
Although I didn’t feel any of those things today, I certainly have at various times in my life.
And that’s increasingly true as I get older and stingier with my time.
But what I consistently find is there are treasures waiting for me when I embrace something new.
Experiences I may not have savored as much in my younger years.
As we step into 2020 next week, I encourage you to keep an open mind about the year ahead.
To explore new adventures while enjoying the comfort of what’s routine.
To build new friendships while nurturing those already cherished.
To consider stepping out of the familiar to embrace something new.
This post first appeared in the December 28, 2019 edition of The Empowered Traveler™ newsletter. To receive priority delivery, please sign up below.
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