A year ago, I started Pilates at a new location in a new town with new people. Now, a year later, remembering driving directions, adapting to a new teacher and integrating the class into my day has become routine. Gone is the initial thought required for the drive, the program, and the process.

Routine feels safe and comfortable. New activities enlist the mind in creating new neuro-pathways. Our anxiety or fear of the unknown makes us hesitant to try something new. For me, new experiences offer tickets to adventure. Like diving into a lake, it takes trust, resolve, and holding your breath for a few moments.

A trip to Italy and Ireland represented that dive for me this year, adding fresh vistas, interesting people and extended practice in planning and problem solving. Other events that activated my neuro-pathways included a weekend trip to the wine country, a train ride and a look in the paper’s calendar section to discover local events that peaked my interest: a lecture, a movie and a concert in the park. My favorite ‘freshen-up’ is rearranging furniture, not everyone’s choice of activities; however, it gives me that sense of new without moving.

In my quest for the unaccustomed, I began initiating conversations with strangers in lines at grocery stores, airports, restaurants and theatres evoking interesting exchanges and unexpected connections.

Dives into uncharted territory present me with tickets to view the world anew.

What are your tickets to adventure?