Resident Adventuring November 19, 2020 22:34
When I lived in Hong Kong, I learned to be a Resident Adventurer. I didn't need to go far and wide to explore the world around me. I loved that I lived in Hong Kong for two years. It gave me enough time to explore my immediate surroundings. Actually it wasn't enough time, but you get a much different sense of place by living there for two years versus visiting for two weeks.
Mui Wo, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Living in Hong Kong was truly an everyday adventure. The first couple of months were overwhelming with how many things were different than what I was used to: driving on the left side (although I didn't drive, even as a pedestrian and passenger, getting used to traffic on the opposite side of what you're used to is definitely an everyday adventure), hearing Cantonese and Mandarin languages, the unique topography of the place, living in a dense city, the food, the customs and culture. When I moved back to the US, I lost the everyday adventure aspect. Life wasn't different and interesting. It was "normal." And normal was boring. My brain had become attuned to different and craved it!
Hong Kong at night from the ferry
Anyway, even though moving back to the US was a big letdown for me, one thing I did bring back was the concept of "Resident Adventuring"...exploring the world in my immediate vicinity and finding little gems and treasures. This aspect has taught me to appreciate places I lived that I might not necessarily have enjoyed without taking time to wonder and explore.
Although it took seven years after moving back, eventually the disappointment at being back in the US wore off. When I moved to Florida, I explored my immediate surroundings and became a resident tourist here. There is a lot to do in this small city! And beaches. Of course the beaches. And the river. Somewhere in the last six years, my sadness at having to leaving Hong Kong finally faded and I've been content to be here in Florida. A piece of it had to do with being able to go part time with the day job for a while, volunteer for two years, and really get to know my new friends. Now I feel settled here.
Currently under Covid-19 restrictions, it's come in handy to be a resident adventurer. I have so much available to me right here in my immediate vicinity that doesn't require a lot of interaction with people. I have the beaches and the river and parks. I really haven't even done that. Lately, I haven't even gone to the beaches or out exploring. I've really spent a lot of time "Resident Adventuring" literally in my back yard and in my mind and exploring my creative outlets, creating surface pattern designs, making masks, making glass beads, and jewelry.
At the end of this year I'll have some time off from work and time to take myself back on more resident adventures. Watch out beaches! Here I come!