Life’s Adventures Unlock The Mystery of Who You Are, Start Now
“If happiness is the goal, and it should be, then adventures should be a priority” – Richard Branson
Why should adventures be a priority? Because it is the best way to learn about yourself and the world. You learn about what you are afraid of, what challenges you. What deep seated beliefs you have that you might not be aware of. It is in fact the best way to experience “LIFE”. You go somewhere you have never been.
It could be a walk in the woods around where you live. A hike in the mountains. A walk along the sea shore, listening to the sea birds call out over the sounds of the waves crashing against the sandy beach. It could be your first time in an airplane or a cruise ship. Sitting in a train, you watch the majesty of nature roll by as you cross the rocky mountains, and someplace deep inside you feel the shift.
Somewhere along the line, something will happen out of the ordinary. You will start out on a certain kind of journey, and along the way the mystery of why you chose that path will reveal itself to you.
“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen” – Winnie The Pooh
What is so interesting about travel and adventure is the attitude you bring to it. You can magnify every discomfort into an ordeal, or you can get curious about what is happening around you. You can experience it all as an adventure. You get out of the ruts in your life. Adventures are the best way to let some stories happen to you. Discover new trails you didn’t know existed. Adventures answer questions you didn’t know you had, because with adventures you gain first hand knowledge and experience.
“The books we read answer questions we didn’t even know existed” – Axel Marazzi
There might be switch backs along the trail and you decide to walk off the trail, and cut through straight up the mountainside. You come to forks in the trail with no signs, so you have to choose to go this way or that way. Sometimes the trees are so thick you can’t see the sun.
- It is in the getting lost, that you become aware of what is important. What are you willing to do to get it?
- It is in the replacing of fear with curiosity that you truly see what your options are.
- It is in seeing the endless stream of possibilities are always there for you to see, but you get so single mindedly focused that you miss every door of opportunity.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams” – Oprah
Are you a planner? I like to get into the details and have things laid out. It took a lot of practice for me to start leaving space in my plans to just be adventurous. My husband loves to just get in the car and take a drive. No real destination, just drive down a road we have never taken, with no idea where it would take us. Everyone needs someone like my husband, who grabs your arm and says lets go have an adventure.
“Don’t die without embracing the daring adventure your live was meant to be” – Steve Pavlina
Not planning gives me anxiety. It feels unstable. But slowly through years of practice, I allow for spontaneity in my life. Is it easy for you to follow maps to the edges, and then step off the edge? You know that the world isn’t flat. You know there are no monsters of the deep to drag your boat down to the bottom of the ocean.
- Do you go to sleep with stars that you don’t recognize?
- How often do you order something you have never eaten before?
- Do you have the conviction, that whatever you are looking for in life, it is out there waiting for you to find it?
There is no end to what you can discover about yourself when you adventure out with your eyes wide open. Let the journey unfold itself before you.
“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us” – Charles Bukowski
A lifetime of adventures
One of my favorite movies is with Diane Lane, in “Under The Tuscan Sun”. After a bad a breakup, she is gifted with a vacation in Italy by her best friend. While on the tour bus, they pass by this house and all of a sudden she makes them stop and let her off. And that is when her adventure really begins. She ends up buying the house, restoring it, and meets all of these new people. She has this idea of what she wants in her life to make her happy – her dream life. At the end of the movie she has everything she wanted, but it all came to her in a totally different way than she planned.
When you try to make life conform to a plan, you miss the mystery and magic of what it is really supposed to be. The best gift you can give yourself is a lifetime of adventures.
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius
There is a wonderful book by Jack Canfield called “The Golden Motorcycle Club” and in it he writes that we travel in soul groups. I can just see the ad for my soul group.
“Limitless soul seeking like minded limitless souls, to journey down to earth for a great adventure. You will be leaving a good life here, to go for a greater experience of life there. For in going out into the world of the physical body, you will succeed in discovering that you are far more than you ever dreamed of. You will find that stories are not just something that you can read about. Stories are what happens to you and for you when you live a life of adventure. You will discover if you are, “the girl made up of adventure and wine and all things fine”, or “the girl made up of adventure, fine beer, brains and no fear”.
And so . . . the ADVENTURE BEGINS. Let’s go do something remarkable.