Children learn a lot through playing and exploring, whether it’s with their friends or on their own. But, who says exploration is just for kids?!
That’s right… adults, too, can explore and have some fun whilst doing it! As human beings we never stop learning; it doesn’t matter if we’re two, 22 or 52 years old. Playful exploration is all about trying new things, letting our hair down and enjoying ourselves – strictly no age restrictions apply!
Exploring doesn’t just mean packing your bags and travelling to a place you’ve never visited before.
Exploring simply means trying something new, whether that ‘something new’ is a hobby, sport, language or restaurant (the list goes on…).
In our opinion, exploring is less about discovering new places and more about discovering who you really are. By living life adventurously and constantly trying new things, you are exploring your potential, skills and limits. Exploring means stepping out of your so-called comfort zone and discovering what you’re truly capable of.
Only if you try new things will you be able to learn more about yourself – your likes and your dislikes. You’ll be able to learn what you’re good at, and what you’re not so good at. You may even unearth a hidden talent or two that may have otherwise gone unnoticed!
Exploring is all about getting up and doing something with our lives. When we get home from a long day at work, many of us are guilty of switching on the TV, laying horizontal on our sofas and not moving for a good few hours. Our eyes are fixed to the screen, until a rumbling in our stomachs pulls us to the kitchen. We’re so caught-up in work and other things that we forget to have fun.
Instead of sofa surfing, why not dedicate that time to playful exploration?
Of course, we all need to chill out from time to time but why not try, just a couple of times a week, to do something a little out of the ordinary?
You could don your finest apron and attempt cooking a meal you’ve never made before for your loved one. You could round-up your friends and organise an evening class, or finally sign-up to that yoga class down the road. You could even get in contact with your nearest and dearest to see who’s up for an afternoon in the trees at Go Ape!
Sometimes thinking of these things can be a little tricky, so grab a pen and some paper and list all the things you want to try out. Then, work your way through your list, ticking as you go.
We at Go Ape think that exploration makes for a richer life. As the saying goes, “if you never try you’ll never know.” If you never try new things, you’ll never know what you’re truly capable of. So go on, get out there and explore!