Imagine living one week of the year focused on having new experiences. Yes, new experiences are a natural part of life but it’s the mindset that we bring to them that can make trying a new restaurant- an adventure. The week of April 13th has been designated as EXPERIENCE WEEK. We learned of Experience Week through the National Days of the Week Holiday calendar which is a quirky calendar that highlights different things to acknowledge throughout the year and although many of the ‘holidays’ mentioned in it seem silly, some of them suggest events or occasions worthy of our attention. After all, life is worth celebrating; there is much to be grateful for. This is what we really like about Experience Week, it’s an invitation to go for it.
Some of us grew up during the hippie culture and happenings of the 1960’s. Typically, happenings referred to performance art with an active participation of the audience, where the boundary between the art or performance and participants is blurred and there is room for improvisation. Thus each happening is distinctly different from one another. Toward the late 60’s, the hippie culture portrayed a happening as any gathering around an interest. The most famous happening was Woodstock in 1969.
Many aspects of the hippie culture and values have been assimilated into our current culture. Mainstream society has grown to embrace various spiritual concepts, Eastern philosophy, “health-food”, festivals and the importance of diverse artistic expression. But perhaps the most vital is experimentation; trying new things with an open mind and a positive attitude and seeing how that in turn generates our own new ideas, creativity and fun.
7 Ways to Create Adventure
Firstly, you do want to get in touch with what you often hear yourself say you would love to do. There are always activities you hear or read about that sound like fun and you think you want to try them. Well, there’s no better time like the present. (who said that?) And in case you’re out of ideas, we’ve got some for you:
Music festivals have played on since the 60’s and have become quite popular in the last decade and there are all sorts of festivals surrounding shared interests that are fertile environments for fun and adventure:
The Festival of Chocolate– April 18th & 19th,2015 Tampa, Fl. “The biggest Chocolate Festival in the Nation”:http://tampa.festivalofchocolate.com/
Jazz and Heritage Festival– New Orleans, April 24th,2015 and one on Pigeon Island, Saint Lucia, April 30th, 2015.
SunFest Festival– West Palm Beach, Florida begins April 29th. Bands, food, art and partying on the waterfront. Geared for the college vacation crowd but there could be a band performing you really enjoy and would like to hear live.
Burning Man Festival- On 6 continents, a week-long annual event that started in 1986 as a Solstice Festival in San Francisco and is now held in the Nevada desert. Seventy thousand people gather yearly to explore the possibility of who they are. It draws dreamers and doers and corporate icons too.
Lightning in a Bottle– Memorial Day Weekend, Bradley Ca. Experience The Temple of Consciousness with visionaries, healers, performers, and musicians. The festival is designed to experience activating your body, expanding your mind and opening your heart. Free spirited in a similar vein to Burning Man.
Electric Forest– June 25th – 28th in Rothbury, Michigan- Since 2011, similar to Burning Man, people are dressed like butterflies and frolic in psychedelic forests to jam bands.
What the Festival– June 19-22 in Oregon- A three-year-old festival known for its giant wading pool.
International Festivals all over the world in South Africa, Indonesia, Scotland, Australia, Japan, Netherlands during the month of April.
You may be familiar with modern day happenings such as flash mobs. These seemingly spontaneous, public happenings occur in unexpected places like airports or malls, but they don’t just happen randomly, they are carefully planned. There is a community of designers that create these happenings, striving to manifest the best human experiences possible. Several times a year there is a UX (User Experience) conference in San Francisco that draws brilliant designers together who believe in using the transformative power of creativity to produce meaningful experiences in communities. It is a conference for people who develop, lead and manage the delivery of great experiences. How cool is that?
Participating in a modern day Happening would surely be an adventure. There are many to choose from if you do a bit of research on the internet. A couple that we find particularly fun are:
International Pillow Fight: We missed it, but on April 4th, 2015, tens of thousands of people in over 100 cities joined in for a giant pillow fight that lasted minutes in some places, hours in others.
Subway Party: A party made up of strangers who meet on a mass transit system and dance.
#3. CLASSES- You know the one class you always wanted to take; Zumba, martial arts, golf, dance, cooking, baking, wine tasting, yoga, painting, guitar, archery, photography, pottery, philosophy, ethics, music or poetry appreciation.
#4. ACTIVITIES – Or maybe you always wanted to try something more dare-devilish; a helicopter ride, paintball, kickboxing, paragliding, zipline or indoor rock climbing. Explore that new bike trail, adopt a pet, act like a tourist in your own city and go sightseeing, run a race, get a massage, go on a fishing trip, arrange for a family portrait, buy tickets to a show or concert, jump double dutch or use a hula hoop.
#5. Create a Dinner Party with a Theme. It could be around an ethnic cuisine and everyone comes in costume.
#6. Help someone else realize a new experience. While these happenings, festivals, classes or events may not be exactly what you would choose to do, they could be on your best friends list. Share a new experience together and you will have helped someone else experience a dream or a wish.
#7. Approach each and every day as an opportunity for adventure.
There is a phrase the design professionals believe in, ‘Just Try It‘. Make it happen during EXPERIENCE WEEK, starting April 13th, 2015
What do you want to experience?