Let’s face it, sitting at home and watching Netflix and baking cookies is probably the most enjoyable thing anyone could do on a Saturday afternoon. I just can’t get enough of good TV or a good book by myself. I’m definitely what you’d call naturally adventurous or outgoing, and I don’t even have that innate sense of wanderlust that all those travel blogs seem to be banging on about. That being said, though, I’ve gone on enough adventures and have taken on enough big and stupid projects in my time that I know how good they are for me.
While traveling, building, and experiencing has taught me a lot about the world around me, it’s also taught me a lot about myself. Thanks to the adventures I’ve had, I’ve become way more confident, more ambitious, and in the end way more okay with the person I am.
Lessons Learned in Motion
New experiences give you a new perspective on the world around you and on yourself. Some of the most valuable things I’ve learned while off my couch and out of my house are:
That I’m Strong. I mean this very literally. While I’m by no means a body builder or an Olympian, I’m constantly amazed by what my little body can do when pushed. Whether it’s walking ten miles in the rain carrying an enormous backpack, or ripping the seats out of a bus to turn it into a tiny home (skoolie), I am a beast and a force to be reckoned with.
That I’m Smart. New situations make you use your brain in new ways. Traveling through new countries without a map has sharpened my memory and sense of direction. Building a skoolie reminded me of all the math I learned in school that I thought I’d forgotten.
That I’m Charming. This is most definitely self centered to say, but the number of times I’ve been able to enlist help from strangers just by smiling and asking nicely has let me to believe that I’m extraordinarily charming. I should also mention here that a lot of my charm is really just my unbelievable privilege as a young, white, straight-presenting woman, but I do feel like I add a little razzle dazzle of my own.
That I’m Not Always Right. I’ve gotten lost in places where it should be impossible to get lost. I’ve said stupid things in French or German to people who don’t even speak French or German. Trying new things has led me to humiliate myself over and over to the point where I’m no longer quite so afraid of the burning shame that comes with doing something stupid.
While it can be almost impossible to get up off the couch and actually do something, in the end I’ve never regretted taking risks and actually pushing myself. What lessons have you learned about yourself while off the couch and out in the world?