|Take out the coin, |
but leave the map in your pocket.
Become a photojournalist for a day. The girls become much more interested in finding the cool things around them when they are holding cameras. Instead of whining about where they wish they were or what they wish they were seeing, they start looking for the value in the present moment. They have friends and cousins scattered all over, so there is always an excuse to document what's around us. "Take pictures to show *insert name* what *insert location* is like." When we get home, we can relive the adventure by sorting through the pictures, picking the best ones, then printing and sending them off with letters to loved ones.
|Photos my daughter took on her adventures. The white squirrel was an extra fun find.|
Make up biographies. Even adults have trouble enjoying waiting. A lot of life is waiting, though, so we might as well have fun with it. Whether we are waiting for the Metro or the plane or for the movie to start, we can still come up with a way to be aware of what is around us and enjoy it. Look around at all the other people. Pick one and create a biography of them. Where are they going? Why are they here? Create whole stories about them. Every person has a story, and it is important to remember that. Playing this game not only keeps everyone occupied and paying attention, it also serves as a reminder that all those people buzzing around us are humans with lives and feelings and stories, too.
Anything can be an adventure as long as we approach it with the right attitude, keep our eyes open, and enjoy life while we can.