What does adventure mean? I like this definition: noun/ an exciting or remarkable experience.
Think back to when you were young, for a moment. What did you want to do, see, accomplish, become, or have?
When I was young, my brother and I would go into the attic. We would be there for hours looking through things, mostly the full collection of encyclopedias and the globe. I would choose a book from the encyclopedia collection, open a page, and start reading. Learning about something I didn’t know existed in my 10 year world was thrilling. I was fascinated and amused.
However, I loved the globe. We would spin it then put our finger on a spot and quickly figure out where it was. Sometimes, we had no clue and would look it up in the encyclopedia. If it was a “good” spot meaning I could visualize the place, I would immediately think about living there. I created it in my imagination.
Once, my finger landed on Florida. I told my brother I wanted to live there. It became a thing. I was living in Florida. He wanted to live in Texas. Little did I know that the dream of living in Florida would happen. Life is pretty amazing isn’t it? The twists and turns. Sometimes, you get exactly what you want.
For me, adventure is traveling. Going off the map. Traveling fuels my love of learning and takes me out of my culture and into another. I see new perspectives, ideas, and ways of living. I open up and feel free.
What’s your adventure? What lives inside of you that needs to be set free?
Not sure? Think about it this way. If money was no object, what would you like to do, see, accomplish, become, or have?
Be a published author
Have a baby
Climb a mountain
Swim with sharks
Act in a play
Learn to dance
Be a leader in your field
Start a business
Eat strange food
Trace your family roots, then go to that country
Help an endangered animal
Learn how to scuba dive
Fly in a hot air balloon
Explore a rain forest
…the list is endless
We like to think that we have time to do the things we really want to do, but time isn’t guaranteed to no one.
In the book, “The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying,” Bronnie Ware listed the top regret as, “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
Side note: I don’t like to look back at my life and think about regrets. I look back and use it as a catalyst to help move me forward. I use my lessons as information to make a better choice next time.
The top regret, “I wish I had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me,” is so profound.
How often do you get caught up in doing what’s easy, but not what’s true to yourself?
I want this blog post to serve as inspiration for you to figure out what makes you come alive. Whatever it is, it’s yours.
Part of life is unlearning previous ideas about who we are, so we can become who we are meant to be.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman