I heard something the other day that stopped me in my tracks. It was a radio advert for a heart charity and a young heart attack victim said that she’s always considered herself to be active, but actually she was just busy. It could have been me speaking. I’m always on the go, always on my feet, and I like to think I’m super fit and active, yet I’m not really. I’m just busy.
So, over the last couple of years or so, I’ve made time to be more active, specifically I’ve made time to get outside. I have the same pressures as a lot of people, but it is always possible to find time for a microadventure.
As much as I would dearly love to, it isn’t possible for me to go hiking up mountains every week (or even every month). So I carve out a small amount of time to do something fun outside as often as I can. My microadventures really are very small. You don’t have to climb a mountain or risk life and limb for an adventure to be worthwhile. I’m talking about getting up early to watch the sunrise, or finding a new park to explore with my son or simply eating my lunch outside for a change. These are the sort of things that anyone can squeeze into their day, however busy they may be. If you need more ideas, the king of microadventures Alastair Humphreys has loads of ways to get outside and squeeze a little more adventure into your life.
A good example is one of our recent family outdoor jaunts. We decided to have a picnic in a local wood but, as the weather was a little cool, we took our small camping stove and some backpacking meals along. It was a lot of fun, and anything that involves warm food and a cup of tea is a winner for me!
It’s such a wonderful time of year, and although we were only out of the house for a couple of hours, it