Tomorrow is not today. Tomorrow is never real, because tomorrow only becomes today. So why begin something ‘tomorrow’ when ‘tomorrow’ never comes? We were given a life to live, so live it as you see fit. I find that starting something new should be started today, and not be delayed.
For years, I have dreamt of exploring the world — moving to England for six months, travelling to America, South Africa, Ireland. But one thing that is a little closer to home that I’ve always dreamt of doing is going on spontaneous adventures with someone close to me. And it was only once I’d randomly driven somewhere with my best friend, Rebecca, that I realised how important it is to escape our built-up worlds and go to a place you’ve never been — no planning, no goal, no agenda.
On the weekend, after a small coffee date, my best friend and I decided to just drive to wherever the roads would take us. We ended up in a small place called Tooradin. Although there was not spectacular crystal blue water and endless white sand, there was something more important; there was freedom. We could do what we wanted — eat as much ice cream as we wanted, play on playgrounds like we were five years old again, and climb trees (something that I rarely did as a kid). The thrill of being in a new place took ahold of our bodies, and without a care in the world we explored what Tooradin had to offer. Sure, there were people looking at us like we were crazy as we giggled and carried on while we struggled to climb up the side of a tree, or when we were acting as captains of a ship on the playground. But the magical thing about being adventurous and going to a new place is that no one knows you. People have no preconceived ideas about who you are, what you do and how you act. People don’t see you as ‘Breanna Harris the blogger’ or as students who walk down the halls desperately trying not to get in other people’s way – they see girls in their elements.
I now see adventures as the key to freedom. It‘s such an exhilarating way to explore places that you have never seen before, whether it’s by yourself or with a friend. Technology is beginning to rule our lives — it’s gotten to the point where society cannot go a moment without a person checking their phone, or someone having to upload an update to Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram or Tumblr. Yes, the Internet is great and technology has enabled us to do incredible things, but incredible moments can be made without phones, and without constantly updating social media sites — they can be made by exploring what new places have to offer.
We were given this world to explore, not to sit and be content with what we have locally. Who knows what small town lies half an hour away? It isn’t all about the big places; it can be small, sentimental things, too, like an old tree or a well-loved playground.
The world is our oyster, and we must explore it while we can.