Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around
Have you ever taken the time to think of what is available around you for you to experience, take advantage of, to utilise? The things that you may never have noticed before. There are so many questions that we need to ask in order to really take in and experience everything that the world has to offer, but who are the people who know the answers?
What if you were one of these people? For 2017, why don’t you make it your own personal effort to learn things about where you currently live that few other people know; be the fountain of all knowledge. It may get you further than you think!
Look towards the history of where you live. If it’s a big city, there will be loads of history lurking around every corner; in places like London in the United Kingdom, for example, there are huge blue circular plaques which detail every famous person you can think of that originated from there, and the point of interest that you are looking at will be displayed with information about what they did there underneath. This may not be as obvious in other big cities, but it’s still something to consider when looking around – look up and see what’s there to indicate any news that you may want to know about.
Do you know where to go if you car breaks down? Do you know where the best places in your town are to eat? How about how to get to the nearest park, or where to go to find an emergency dentist in your state? These are all things which are so simple to find out (or learn yourself by sampling, especially the restaurants…) but could be really useful information for any tourists, visitors or guests that you may have staying over. It’s also great for you to know to entertain yourself on days when you wouldn’t know what else to do; if you know what’s available around you to make use of, you can keep yourself busy for as long as you like.
Get around, connect, make friends. You may make companions in the strangest of places, places that you never thought you would go; try volunteering at a couple of places around where you live. Perhaps there may be a nursing home that’s in need of someone to sit with their residents, or a dog charity that needs their pooches walking each week. Whatever you choose to do, there will always be other people there who fancy a chat. You may find out that they’ve been living really near you all along but you have never noticed them – keep your eyes peeled as you’ll see them popping up everywhere from then on. It’s always the way. The more you talk to people, the more information you’ll find out. Not just about the people, events and town around you, but a lot of people have travelled far and wide. Don’t dismiss the older generations as not having travelled; you may find that these are some of the most worldly people you’ll ever meet. Get chatting…