What’s the first thing that come to mind when you hear the word “adventure” ?
Doing something exciting and daring? Maybe even slightly dangerous?
Going on a holiday in a foreign country?
These are the more common notions of what defines adventure.
My idea of adventure is slightly different though. On a recent quest to discover my adventurous and spontaneous side, whilst at the hair salon for my 6 weeks trim, I decided to have my hair cut really short.
My hair-stylist knowing all too well how I’ve always wanted long, lustrous locks, kept asking: “Are you sure you want to go this short Ashika?” To which I replied: “Please just cut it!!”
Surprisingly, I actually felt a sense of elation as I watched my snipped hair fall to the floor. I tried not to look at the mirror until I was shown the final result.
“Well what do you think?” she nervously asked as she watched me look at my reflection.
I was taken aback at first as my hair was never this short before. It almost felt as if I was looking at a different person.
But then I smiled because I was really happy with what I was seeing. “I love it!“ I replied excitedly.
And that was the start to my birthday month which I termed #AdventurousAugust
But my idea of adventure is not about cutting my hair or unleashing the daredevil in me. Reading a genre of book totally different from what I usually read, a new hobby, a fun outing with friends and taking pictures on the side of the road, tasting exotic cuisine, a walk on the beach, a long drive with no destination in mind, wearing a color that I don’t usually wear.… these are all adventures for me.
You need not jump off a bridge or dive amongst sharks to be considered adventurous. Simply stepping out of your comfort zone and doing anything out of the ordinary is an adventure right there!