Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Life of Adventure

For much of my twenties life seemed like a big exciting adventure.  Life was fun filled, I moved around quite frequently, took numerous road trips cross the country and even around the world, held various jobs, there were romances and the occasional heartbreak at times, but the possibilities always seemed endless.

The thought of settling down back then seemed rather remote. The typical house, kids and marriage wasn't exactly on my radar. While it seemed nice guess in a sense I still desired to be free, to roam where my heart desired, to see as much of the world as I could and live life to the fullest.

As I came into my thirties things started to slowly changes, friends started settling down, adventures seem to become less frequent, spontaneity seemed to be replaced by schedules, responsibilities of life began to weigh more heavily and things beyond my control especially health issues seemed to take more of a reign over life.

Looking back there are plenty of days where I miss those adventurous moments. The moments where life seemed carefree, without the stresses, health woes or responsibilities that come with age and leading a so called adult life. Where romance and hot steamy nights seemed more alive than ever. The possibilities seemed endless and invigorating. Where living with passion, following the heart and pursuing dreams was the main focus.

At times I feel like the so called normal life seems rather routine and stale. Don't get me wrong routine can be comforting too but sometimes life needs more spice. It needs adventure, exploration, play, learning new things, romance, pizazz and lots of hearty laughs. 

Sometimes the lack of stimulation and commitments of a daily routine can start to feel suffocating.  Even lounging on the couch, zoning to tv in the evening and on weekends with the man can sometimes feel monotonous.   Though lets face it as we get older it's not always about just us anymore, it's finding ways to fuse our lives with those we love and share our life with. 

Sometimes the people we choose to share our lives with also can be our very opposites in nature, and so it takes compromise and mutual understanding to create a life everyone feels happy with.  The man and I are no different we are opposites in many ways...so finding a way to incorporate my high energy self with his low energy self isn't always easy.

Often my quest for adventure is in direct opposition to his quest to relax.  While my exuberance and passion might actually overwhelm him at times, it also gets him to embark on adventures he might not otherwise.  But how do we find that sense of adventure when the every responsibilities and stressors of life tend to stand in our way as we get older.

Maybe we can't have the same crazy adventures we had when we were younger I do believe we can find adventure in everyday life.  Think opportunities exist to explore and experiment everywhere, we just need to be open to them.  And so here are some great ideas on how to incorporate such adventure into daily life....

Life isn’t about the extraordinary once in a while; life is about the everyday and the everyday can be extraordinary.  Here's some ideas how to turn everyday into an adventure....

Explore Your World

You can become an everyday explorer without leaving your home and loved ones behind. I believed adventures only awaited in exotic lands. Then my eyes were opened to the truth: Everywhere is somewhere.
1. Take a different route to work.
You’ve no idea what you’ll discover.
2. Discover an unexplored world.
Take a sabbatical from your usual haunts on the weekend and try somewhere unknown. Forget guidebooks just get out there and roam freely.
3. Journey to a faraway land without leaving home.
Pick a country you know little about, and have a theme night. (Invite friends.) Cook a traditional meal, and immerse yourself in an unknown culture—explore the history, art, and music, maybe even learn a little of the language.

Find Buried Treasure 

Pull on your buccaneer boots, and realize this truth: If you search for the hidden treasures in your own life, you’ll discover wealth far greater than any rusty chest of tarnished gold.
 1. Uncover your forgotten skills.
We all underestimate what skills we have and what we can do with them. For instance, have you ever arranged a yard sale or got the neighborhood together to raise money for a local project or to clean up the area? If so, you probably have forgotten skills in project management, delegation, budgeting, and cooperation. What other forgotten skills could you uncover and have an adventure with?
2. Unearth your hidden talents.
You’ve no idea what you’re capable of until you try. Say yes to things you might have previously said no to. Try your hand at a different sport, or join your local amateur dramatics group.

3. Bring your buried blessings to the surface.

 Embark on a voyage of gratitude. Discover that your “dull” life is actually filled with bright blessings; you just need to recognize them to transform your everyday.

Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur

You can become an everyday entrepreneur without having to leave your job. It’s just a question of looking for opportunities.
1. Run yourself as your own company.
Even if you’re employed, you can seize opportunities to thrive and grow. Decide where you want to be in five years career-wise, make a plan, and work toward it. Don’t leave it to others to choose your destiny.
2. Learn to stand up for yourself and speak out.
Say no to dead-end requests to be free to say yes to real chances of advancement. Rather than oppose change in your company, be the first to embrace it, and see where it can take you.
3. Put yourself forward.
Take the initiative and find ways to be more valuable..take a class, offer to take on more responsibilities or projects at home or work.

Challenge Your Beliefs

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” ~George Elliot

You can become an everyday pioneer by stepping outside your comfort zone but staying totally inside your safety zone.
1. Be an everyday seeker of knowledge.
Challenge your belief that learning stops after high school or college. The adventure of learning never stops. Turn your boring evenings or weekends into an exciting quest for knowledge. You can learn anything from accounting to zoology, often for free, with online universities such as the Khan Academy.
2. Freshen up your perspective.
Have a break from everything you normally read, watch, or listen to. Pick different genres, explore, and experiment. Turn an everyday couch-side veg-out into a fascinating, inspiring journey into new worlds.
3. Question all your limiting self-beliefs.
Limiting self-beliefs stop one from taking a risk and trying new things. Overcoming these mental barriers is an adventure in itself that can transform your life.

Take a Chance on Love

You can have your own Romancing The Stone adventure without risking life and limb.
1. Take the blinkers off.
Searching for love? Abandon preconceptions about your “perfect partner” and where you might find each other. Approach someone even if they don’t seem like your type.
2. Never stop exploring.
Settled in a relationship? Shake up the romance with a challenge to see how close you can become. Regularly play a fun game of writing out what you'd  like life to be like.  Keep asking questions, go on date nights, make out or make love, do what it takes to ignite that love spark.
3. Have an affair—with yourself.
Go on a personal voyage of discovery to fall in love with yourself. Perform an act of self-love each day. Journal all the positive things you did and said, and all the people you helped. Begin to see what a wonderful human being you are.

Discover That the Greatest Adventure Is in Helping Others

Adventurers throughout history have sought personal fame or fortune. But, there is greater gain in helping others and greater reserves to be found in your heart than in any bank.
1. Make the first move.
Befriend a stranger at work or in your neighborhood. Be the first to break the ice and introduce yourself. Offer them a sincere compliment, and make their day. A stranger is just a friend-in-waiting.
2. Try your hand at fund-raising.
Explore inspiring ways to assist a charity you believe in to raise vital funds. Organize a car wash, or put on a local talent show.
3. Immerse yourself in someone else’s world.
Challenge your own preconceptions by volunteering.

Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary

You are too extraordinary to live ordinarily. You truly are an adventurous spirit.
That’s exactly why you must live your own life of everyday adventures.
You just have to unleash your curiosity.
You can stay in your home, your job, your life. Your adventurous spirit can thrive right where you are now.
Pick an idea from the list that lights your adventure torch. Start with one, and build in some others when you’re ready.
Get out there and experiment, explore, and experience.
Go make the everyday extraordinary.

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1):

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