As a recent graduate, I spend a lot of time debating the differences between “job-searching” and “unemployed”. I could sit here discussing semantics with you, OR I could fill you in on one absolutely amazing aspect of having such an open schedule. That museum I’ve never visited? That tour I’ve never gone on? That park I have always passed but never stopped into? I’m using my summer in Chicago to catch up on all of the cultural attractions I’ve been missing during the daily grind. Not only is this proving incredibly enjoyable, but it’s also a great way to gain inspiration for future projects.
For example, I recently went on an architectural boat tour of the Chicago river that blew my mind! Sitting on a boat for 90 minutes with nothing but a tour guide blabbing away and the sun beating down on me seemed like a horrible idea at first. Almost as bad as being shoved into overly air-conditioned small, confined spaces on a boring house tour (those of you who are not traditional house tour people, you know where I’m coming from). So what made the difference? The tour guide. He was cracking jokes, making quippy comments about the Chi-town political scene, and told a few scandalous stories involving mistresses and opera houses. He even gave us big chunks of time (10 minutes or so) to just enjoy the views without him “blabbering on,” as he put it. The boat was a double-decker and also had a floating bar! In conclusion, museum tours should include:
- A tour guide that relates his or her topic to the modern day
- The ability to get up and move around
- A balance of talking and time for reflection
Pretending to be a tourist in your own city might be exactly what you need to jump start that next creative idea! Go find a boat, cave, park, museum, library tour today!