I’m a girl who takes her holidays seriously. Even if it’s just a quick getaway, I want it to count. I want it to be memorable and to feed my adventurous soul. An adventure doesn’t have to be big (though I’m certainly not opposed to a sailing holiday in Greece or an African safari). It has to give me a sense of novelty and a sense of getting away. And if it gets me a little outside my comfort zone, all the better.
I remember hearing somewhere that those people who incorporate new and different experiences into their lives create “memory hooks,” and as they get older, they have a much stronger sense of having lived a rich and interesting life. Though the day to day, the routine, and the predictable can be pleasant and comfortable, those everyday experiences eventually run together in our memory. What stands out, what leaves us feeling as though we’ve had a long life, and a life well lived, are the adventures.
And so now, with June upon us, it’s time for me to think about some summer adventure. Last year was delicious: sailing in the Gulf Islands, kayaking in the Broken Group and camping on Hornby Island. It was a summer of sunshine and sunsets and salty, ocean air. I’ve got some very good memory hooks from my experiences last summer.
And what about this summer? We have a little getaway planned for Saltspring Island, a place I’ve visited many times. But there are new bed and breakfasts to stay in, new restaurants to try, wineries and cheese factories and parks to explore. It will be a perfect little adventure. Later in the summer, there will be camping with the kids and day trips exploring the beaches and trails surrounding Victoria. And in early August, my sister and I are planning some kayaking in Johnstone Strait. Pods of orcas congregate in that area every summer because of the rubbing beaches at Robson Bight. Oftentimes, the whales will swim very close to the kayakers. That ought to shake me out of my comfort zone!
As summer approaches, I want to be mindful about planning adventures big and small, about having experiences that will feed my adventurous soul, and about creating a few more powerful memory hooks to add to my sense that I am living a delicious life.
What adventures have you got planned for this summer?