“Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
– Helen Keller
I agree. It is way to easy to get caught in the endless cycle of boredom and sameness where one day is not much different from the next and the highlight of the year is the few weeks of holiday you take to some sunny tourist trap of an island. And as you sit on the beach, sipping your Pina Colada, watching the sun set, you think to yourself, “If only life could be like this all the time.”
We tend to think adventures only happen in far off foreign lands or in some wild environment. But actually, you don’t have to travel to Peru, or Borneo, or the Congo to find adventure. Nor do you have to haul your body up to the top of some ice-clad mountain. You can find adventure in your own back garden because adventure is a state of mind. It is a way of being that encompasses all that you do.
The spirit of adventure is about having the courage to pursue your dreams and visions, to invoke the willingness to break down barriers, and take calculated risks and to push past the fears and doubts that hold you in place.
The spirit of adventure is about embracing all of life’s experiences with the heart. It is easy to fall into the trance of every day functional life where life seems to follow the old adage: same stuff, different day.
The spirit of adventure is about personal growth. If you do the same thing the same way every day, you leave no room for growth and you become stale, stuck in a rut and wondering if there is more to life than the dullness to which you seem mired in.
Carl Jung believed the purpose of life was to realise one’s potential. And I believe the greatest adventure of all is creating your own path through life instead of following the footsteps that others have laid, which is to say, realise your own potential.
“Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use. Both paths lead nowhere; but one has a heart, the other doesn’t. One makes for a joyful journey; as long as you follow it, you are one with it. The other will make you curse your life. One makes you strong; the other weakens you.” – Carlos Castaneda