Defining Everyday Adventure

Everyday adventure is quite different from the big adventures we think of. To get us into thinking about everyday adventure, I am going to list some terms that make me think of components of my everyday adventure.

1 . Shoes

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2 . Walk Ways

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3 . Hairspray

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4 . Food

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5. My Bed

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Now, I know what you are thinking. How do these terms have anything to do with adventure? Maybe the first two items make a little bit of sense to you. I guarantee, the last three probably do not.

Shoes are a necessity for my daily life. I own several pairs of them.  Putting on any pair of shoes means going outside. Outside, means going on adventure.

Do you ever realize that we truly have no idea what is going to happen when we go outside? We lace up or shoes. Slide on our boots. Put on our flip flops. All for an experience.

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Yes, we can predict what will happen when we go outside. However, do we really know what will happen?  My shoes show miles. I walk miles and miles every day. Many of my shoes go to different places, including countries, states, cities, and experiences. Most of my miles though, are in the places around me.

Many of my shoes are worn on the bottoms. There is mud on the sides, or at least their stained brown from the dust. Inside they all have my foot print. It identifies them to me.

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My shoes tell the story of my life. They are a part of my adventure.

Walkways, walkways are important. They define where we go, and what we see. Think about it how often do we follow a walkway. It is almost daily.

I bet most of time you stick to the same walkway. Whether it is to work, class, or anywhere else, walkways lead us places. While I don’t like to define my life by walkways. Often, I create my own. They still create some of my biggest adventures.

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Today was a perfect example of a walkway leading to an adventure. The concrete walkway to class was covered in water. I continued on my way to class on my rural western Pennsylvania campus; only to find a few steps later that our campus was experiencing the biggest flood many had ever seen.

It was incredibly sad to see our campus underwater. However, there was an adventure to be had.

Many students came out as a community to spectate. We talked, many of us in disbelief, and took photos with our cellphones. Walking down that walkway created a new adventure for me. One I will not forget.

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I made new friends that day. An adventure that will last a life time. You never know where your walkways will take you.

Hairsprayalso defines part of my daily adventure. It’s quite funny. That green, Garnier Fructis bottle, is an adventure in itself to me.

Looks can be an adventure. If you know me, and as you get to know me, you will see that many photos of me look different. Why? My hair takes a different style every day. It really depends on what my hairspray wants to do.

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It is unpredictable.

Food,it’s a very general term. Why would I put such a general term in my blog? I love food. It is one of my favorite things. Food in itself can be an adventure.

Food is more of a symbolic thing for me though. Food means conversation. It means fellowship. Many meals in life we eat with others, and some alone.

For me, there each an adventure. A meal with friends brings stories of the day. What we have experienced. We fellowship with each other, and share our adventures.

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Many time’s our conversations turn into adventures, but we share one thing in common. The food that we came for is what brought us together. It gave us our adventure.

My Bed, it is probably the messiest place I know. If you came into my bedroom right now you would see a pile of covers, books, paper, my remote, laptop, and me in my bed.

My bed is my workplace. It is where I come up with some of my best ideas. I read here, watch the news, write, and so much more.

It is significant to my adventure. Beneath this pile of sheets and items is a person. That person is me. I make my adventure. Many of my adventures start from here. I get up and go from here. I create from my bed.

My bed is my central location. I do everything from here.

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The five terms above are all important to my daily adventures. Really, there are probably hundreds of terms that can fit into my daily adventures. When you decide to open your life to being an adventure, you never know what will happen in your day.

Which of these terms is most important? I really don’t know. I think there all important. We define our daily adventures ourselves. To you one of these terms may be very important, or maybe it is another one not listed.

For me, the most important term in this list is my bed.

It’s not what many people think of a bed. Many people think of a bed as a place to sleep or to make love at. My bed is more like an office. Yes, I do sleep here, but there is so much more to it.

If you looked at my bed right now you would see a pile of covers. There is turquoise blue sheet covering the mattress. It does not match my sheet or pillow case, because I spilled juice all over my bed.

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My blankets are heaped up on my bed. I get hot at night and push them to bottom. If you look carefully there not in order. My comforter is first, then my sheet. The blanket that is supposed to be in the middle is on top.

There is lots of stuff in my bed. If you looked through it right now you might find a few shirts, socks, and underwear. There also is random deodorant sticks, and bottles of cologne.

You can also see my office components. Notebooks, pens, books, and my laptop are strewn about.  There are things everywhere. If you’re lucky you may even find a bag of chips.

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My bed is one of my happy places. I create here. When I write my stories, do my research, and read my articles, it is done right here. I got a job from here. Almost everything that is important in my life’s adventure has happened here.

Daily life most of the time is in my bed. It is where I live and adventure. Whether my adventure starts here, or is entirely from here, this place is important to me.

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If your adventure doesn’t start in your bed, try it sometime.

-Jared

 

Our Adventures Begin

IMG_1599Hello! Welcome to Jared Hoffman Adventures.

As you probably guessed my name is Jared Hoffman.  I am a twenty-year old college student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I love adventure. Lucky for me, I believe that our everyday life is an adventure. We never know what will happen from one day to the next.

As someone who loves to write, I do my best daily to journal.  Now I want to share some of my adventure with you.  However, I don’t want this to be all about me. While I will talk about some of my most fabulous adventures of daily life, I will also tell the stories of others along the way.

This blog is not like Facebook. I am not here to tell you every last detail of my life or complain.  I want this to be a place of positivity, inspiration, and support for others. Somewhere along the way, I would like to include you to, and highlight your most exciting adventures.

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Often, I see people who think their lives are lame and pointless. I do not always know why that is. With our entire lives now on social media, many of us see the best adventures of people. Lavish vacations, front row seats at concerts, and other special experiences seem to be normal.

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For many people life starts to seem pointless. They can not afford to be like their idols on social media. That family beach vacation seems less valuable. Those nosebleed seats at the hockey game just aren’t enough.  Everyday life is not enough.

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The truth is, I don’t believe life has to be lavish for it to be an adventure.  Everyday is an adventure. Your walk to class, drive to work, and family dinner is an adventure. Its time that someone talks about it. Thats why I am here.

Our adventures will be very different from week to week.  No two adventures will ever be alike. Some adventures are hard, even challenging. While others are the best time of our lives. Whatever our adventure is, we will always learn something.

Life is short, challenging, and rewarding. We only live one life.  Why not make it an adventure. I cannot wait to share my adventures with everyone. Thank you for being a part of something that I believe will truly be special.

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-Jared Hoffman