One element of blogs that I particularly appreciate is their ability to inspire. I read blogs for new ideas–ideas on being more thoughtful and aware, about building healthy habits, and for adventures I might down the road. But looking at blogs from the other side, as the author, I’ve found that blogging helps to inspire my own thoughts, actions, and dreams.
So, I’m using this blog to fuel my sense of adventure. Small, big, near, far. There is just as much to be said about taking an extra half-hour to drive around Middlebury, eyes open to finding some new detail about a place I know so well, as there is about planning a vacation to a foreign country, eager to discover new sites and culture while simultaneously reinvigorating an appreciate for “home.” And if I know that I have a space to share my findings, I will be more likely to seek the adventure in the first place.
There are secondary benefits, too. A side effect of being more open to adventures is a general increase in one’s propensity to say “yes.” Though one of my goals with this project is to better appreciate the best elements of my Middlebury experience, I am also more willing than ever to try new things. All it takes is a simple “yes” to find a new interest, make a new friend, or impact someone else in a positive way.
With all that said, I would like to highlight a few future adventures about which I’m particularly excited.
- Following J-Term, Maddie and I are traveling to Oslo, Norway for a week of cross country skiing and world-class coffee. We will find plenty of other parts of Oslo to appreciate, but those two are shared passions of ours. Neither of us have been before, nor have we left the country together.
- At the end of February (contingent on snow conditions), I am going to race in the Stowe Derby, a cross country ski extravaganza that takes participants from the top of Mt. Mansfield down into the town of Stowe, 20 km in all. I have never raced on skis before, but this feels like an aptly goofy way to begin.
- I am still brainstorming and considering options, but I know I will be doing a significant amount of traveling following graduation (Memorial Day weekend) before I move to New York and begin my job in August. I was able to travel for two weeks at the beginning of last summer, and it was the perfect buffer between challenging academics and a working environment. I think the same will apply this year.
I look forward to my adventures, near and far. I look forward to sharing big ideas and small details. And I look forward to saying “yes” at every opportunity.