In this all too adult world in which I am so often trapped, geocaching has provided me a link to the past. A way to reconnect with childlike wonder and enthusiasm long since thought lost. Things I didn’t even realize that I missed.
Creativity and imagination had re-entered my world and I welcomed them whole-heartedly.
I was sure that the world was different. Mundane things like grocery shopping, going downtown, trips to the dentist, all become mini adventures and fact-finding missions. I kept thinking: “Would this work for a cache container?” “What is that monument over there?” “Oh! That’s a great place for a cache!!”. In retrospect the world wasn’t any different, but my interactions with it had changed dramatically. Creativity and imagination had re-entered my world and I welcomed them whole-heartedly.
I began seeing the places I was in and being present in the places I was seeing. The world looked new again. I quit driving past places and actually went in them. I never realized how much you just don’t see from behind the wheel of a car. Every so often stop the car, park and get out and look around. I might just be an amazing experience. Adulthood is a 24/7 reality. I look forward to each and every recess with a smile.
Post inspired by TED Talk given by Tim Brown: The powerful link between creativity and play.