When was the last time you did something new? Something out of your normal weekly, monthly programming? When was the last time you went somewhere by yourself or with one friend, just wandering around, learning, seeing, doing something different?
I learned to do this in my early twenties. I like to call it “aimless wandering”. It is how I “come down”, how I am “filled up”; so that I can handle my daily, weekly, monthly schedule (that and Pinterest!).
What is Aimless Wandering?
Aimless wandering is when you decide to spend a day, an evening or just a few hours going somewhere new, walking or driving around that area. You stop in stores, shops, museums, coffee shops and just enjoy being somewhere that is off your beaten track.
I’m an extrovert, so during my aimless wandering, I strike up conversations with perfect strangers, shop owners, get to know their stories. Other times I may end up at a beach or lake with a book and spend all
day taking in the sound of the water, laughter of kids, feeling of the wind blowing. I’ve also ended up
dancing the night away to some exotic music I’ve never heard! I try to stay off my phone, even for pictures sometimes. The key to aimless wandering is being fully present. Your aimless wandering can be whatever you want it to be, it just has to be something NEW and different, you can find all kind of things online in your area or a quick hour drive away to try out.
Why is Aimless Wandering important?
Aimless wandering helps you keep life in perspective. Not to be done in a crowd or with a lot of noise.
The peace is in the unplugging and new adventure. I always talk about getting so caught up in our
everyday grind that we don’t take a breath. You want to get out of debt, you want to save for a home, you have a health scare that is going to require a lot of money, the kids, your parents, your job, your business… on and on and on… At some point, you want to look up, take a deep breath and just stop all the wheels that are turning in your head. This will provide the fuel you need to handle the wheels in your world.
So try it… do some aimless wandering of your own and share your experience!
Your Financial Coach,