For a lot of us, living a foodcentric life required energy that we didn’t know we were spending. Once the habit of food concerns being front and center is gone we often find ourselves so jazzed up about life that we need new, exciting outlets to pour our energy into.
We compiled a list of five heart pounding adventures to put some of that energy to good use.
1. Disc golf. Not a fan of golf or flying discs, that’s okay, hear us out on this one. It’s fun. In the simplest of explanations, you walk a beautiful course and throw a disc at a basket that has chains dangling from it. Primitive, maybe, a total blast and YES! In our area the disc golf courses are gorgeous and it’s a great way to get in a nice walk/hike in our incredible landscape.
2. Zip line. Ever wanted to zip line through a lush Costa Rican jungle but couldn’t warrant an entire vacation just for a few seconds of heart thumping exhilaration? Well, skip the jungle, the flight, and the malaria vaccination and try zip lining locally. The thrill of letting go and trusting what will be is crazy empowering and we have a few incredible locations nearby.
3. Flying trike. Yes, flying. Yes, a trike. How crazy does that sound?! Spend 2-4 hours flying an ultralight aircraft (with instructor, of course) all around the beauty that is our region. At the last part of flight when descending, the instructor shuts off the motor and for those moments you are the wind, the bird, the sky. You are more than yourself, you are intertwined with it all and then you land and we’re betting, will totally want to do it again.
4. Rafting. We’ve talked earth, air, wind, now it’s time to add the element of water. Who knew that our area had so much excitement to offer?! Replacing energy spent on food with energy spent on living is by far the best spent energy we can think of. Hop in a raft, just minutes from town and be transported to a time and place where only you, the rushing water, the towering ponderosa, and rock cliffs exist. Feel the water splash, hear the osprey cry and remember the root of your being. Or, just sit in the boat and do what the rafting guide says. Either way, it’s a crazy adventure.
5. Rock climbing. Is there anything that the Inland Northwest doesn’t have? Spokane has nine climbing areas within a twenty minute drive. Hire a guide, borrow their gear and go. Feel the energy of the solid rock beneath your fingertips. Realize the power you didn’t think you had when you pull your body over a shear face of stone. Dangle and know that it’s a lot like life, choose to climb, choose the foot hold, choose excitement.
For so may of us the fun and exciting things go on an imaginary “someday” list. We prioritize not prioritizing and let the circumstances pull us down the river of life. We feel out of control and zip along at the whims of things outside our controls and when our back is against the wall we fail to choose ourselves.
Not this time.
Not ever again.
Choose to actively live and choose to live adventurously. Put food on a someday list and life on the now list.