I like the old Helen Keller quote that “life is either a great adventure or nothing.” This is the way I look at things. Life is meant to be an adventure and we should take every opportunity to create more adventurous experiences.
I see adventures as more than just exciting, dangerous activities. Adventure means pushing your boundaries and seeking out new and interesting experiences. It’s about how far you can push yourself past your limits and seeing what you’re truly capable of doing. And that’s a big part of what makes life worth living.
Finding adventure isn’t always easy though. After all, how often are you pushed enough past your limits to see what you’re capable of doing? But there are some things you can do to get that life of adventure.
1. Break your routine
Routines are the opposite of what an adventurous life is all about. They can be boring and predictable. If you know everything that is going to happen then you already know what you’re expected to do. There are no new challenges and no new experiences.
It’s important to break out of your routine frequently even if it is for little things. Think about trying out a new type of foreign food or walking through a part of the city you’ve never seen before. Sometimes the simplest changes to a routine can be very adventurous and rewarding.
2. Think experiences, not possessions
If you’re like most people, when you hear the word adventure you think whitewater rafting, traveling, mountain climbing or something similar. You might notice that all of these items have a common theme to them: they’re all activities.
That’s the nature of adventure. It’s based around doing something rather than owning something. You’re not likely to buy a possession that brings many adventures. Of course, there are notable exceptions such as a bicycle. But even then the adventurous part of a bike is when you take it out around the block or down a trail. You won’t get many adventures if it sits in the corner of the room gathering dust.
3. Become a Doer
All adventures require action. You have to be a person who goes out and does things. Otherwise you’re just an observer sitting on the sidelines waiting until it is your turn to get things done.
People don‘t usually sit around because of a lack of ideas of what they want to do. It’s because they can’t get past the planning and preparation stage and jump into their idea. You can’t experience something if it stays a thought. Get things out of your head and into action.
4. Believe adventure is everywhere
If you believe adventures can be found anywhere, you’ll find them. Having a belief like this can be a powerful way to train your mind to seek out new, interesting experiences. This belief can make you become more aware of the adventurous things going on so you can take advantage of them.
If you don’t believe that adventures can be found anywhere, your mind will stop looking for them. You won’t see them. Consequently, your number of adventures will decline.
5. Dream big
It’s a good idea to have big goals and dreams. When you dream big, you become more likely to push yourself to meet those goals. Ambition can be a great motivational tool. If you are successful in reaching those goals, you’ll have some really amazing adventures.
And even if you don’t achieve that big dream, you’ll still benefit. There are many things to experience as you pursue your goals. You might not have had all those experiences if you hadn’t dreamed big to begin with. It’s better to dream big and come up short and get all those experiences than to not even try.
6. Surround yourself with adventurous people
It’s much easier to have more adventures when you surround yourself with adventurous people. People like that will often invite you along on their experiences which will introduce you to so many new things. Adventures are usually more fun with other people so they‘re likely to take you along with them.
And even if they don’t invite you along, you’ll still benefit. All the stories they tell you about the things they’ve done can be quite inspirational. It can give you a lot of motivation and ideas about some things you can do yourself.
7. Look for inspiration
I’ve noticed a lot of my ideas about new adventures were inspired by others. It doesn’t just have to be from people you know either. I’ve been inspired to do things from movies, books, speeches and blogs.
When I find a story about someone who has done something interesting, I take a mental note about it. I imagine what it would be like to go through it myself and I figure out what it would take to do it. It’s all about getting ideas. Once you have those ideas, creating adventures becomes easier.
Create More Adventures Now
The best part about adventures is that there doesn’t seem to be a limit to them. There will always be something new to experience and some other way to push yourself past your limits. Realizing that you can always push yourself to new heights can be a freeing and uplifting thought. Life really is an adventure. Let’s see how far we can take it.
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