Do you always travel the same roads to the grocery story, the studio, work, and the gym? Do you primarily drive on highways? The following exercise asks you to re-frame your idea of the daily commute and approach your day-to-day travels with the intent of exploring your world.
Creativity Boosting Exercise: Travel one day per week without highways.
- Purpose: Take the back roads. See your neighborhood and town as you’ve never seen it before, or haven’t seen it in years.
- Alternate: If you are already traveling the back roads, try taking a different route one day a week.
- Why #1: When you travel unfamiliar roads you develop your ability to see and live in the moment.
- Why #2: Driving is the exact kind of focused inattention that puts you into a relaxed brain state conducive to creativity.
- Why #3: There are more stories on the back roads and good art is often built on good story.
- Why #4: Transform your “just another morning commute” into a creative adventure. Take back your life and see travel as a fun and interesting part of your day.
- Bonus points #1: Add in a day of pure public transportation.
- Bonus points #2: If you get so lost you have to ask for directions, ask the person who helps you find your way a question about their life. Make a connection with a stranger.
- Bonus points #3: Take your camera and journal along with you to record your adventure.
I’d love to hear about how a day without highways changes your perspective. How did it inspire you? What did you see?
“Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien