A post by Autumn Chiklis
I am a firm believer in spontaneous adventures.
So often we make theoretical plans that are quickly and carelessly tossed onto the “if I ever get the time” pseudo-bucket list we’ve all subconsciously created. These plans often begin with an excited discussion amongst friends and often times end somewhere between 30 seconds to a day after the discussion has ended. Naturally it is understandable with the busyness of every day life that certain plans get thrown by the wayside, but I find that the general mentality regarding almost all adventures seems to be one of hopelessness. Everyone knows that, “We should do this! Text me and we’ll figure it out!” is a polite way of dismissing the possibility at hand.
Call me a nonconformist, but I reject this mentality completely. At least once a week, I try to follow through on one of these mini-adventures, whether it’s simply going to a new restaurant, exploring a hike I’ve never been on or getting in the car and driving hours away. In recent months I’ve created a “Flights of Fancy” list, comprised of all the places I want to go and things I want to try. Whenever I have some free time, I consult the list, gather my resources and go.
And to me, the most important of these resources is my friends.
One of my closest friends and I decided this past Sunday to take a day trip to Ojai. We only had a few hours since we each had rehearsals to attend that evening (theater kid problems), and we figured that Ojai was far enough away to be a solid adventure, but close enough to keep us out of trouble with our directors. We decided to grab some food at the local farmers market, hike Meditation Mount and visit the outdoor bookstore, “Bart’s Books of Ojai”. Sometimes a change of scene, even for just a couple of hours, is just as rejuvenating as a week’s worth of sleep.
It wasn’t the fanciest of trips or the most action packed, but it was exactly what was needed – some time away with some great company, and another adventure checked off of my list.