Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? -Mary Oliver
Not too long ago, if you asked me, "Do you think you're an adventurous person?" I would have said no. Forget that I resigned from my job with only $3000 in the bank. Forget that I sold most everything I owned to move half way across the world. And forget that I actually moved half way across the world to a country I had never been to.
To me, adventurous people do those things all the time. They ride elephants in Thailand and move from place to place with only a backpack to call their own. Adventurous people are the true bohemians who live life without much of a plan. They live off the land and camp under the stars and aren't afraid to take risks.
That's just not me. I like having a home base with modern luxuries. And camp...well, I'd rather glamp and know there's a toilet nearby.
But here's the thing - you and I don't have to go on grand adventures to live an adventurous life. We don't have to visit every country or white water raft or scuba dive in the Maldives. Adventure is a state of mind and as I've thought about my own life and the things that have made it adventurous, I've realized it's the small things that lead to big adventures. Here are eight keys to help you start your own adventure-filled life.
start where you are
And don't let living in a small town be your excuse. I spent many years in such a town, but there was always something going on. Check out flyers at the coffee shop, read the paper, see what's going on right where you are. And if all else fails, start your own thing, whatever that might be.
Be like Alice in Wonderland. See the world with glittering eyes and new senses. What's the story behind the oldest house in your town? Are there really ghosts in the haunted hotel? What does a pickle sno cone taste like? Seek the answers to your questions, even if you don't find them.
try something new
But doing the same old things all the time can also cause negative results: boredom, low productivity, and getting "stuck in a rut" to name a few.
One of my favorite quotes in the whole wide world comes from Susan Jane Gilman (Kiss My Tiara)
The further you get out of your comfort zone, the bigger it gets.
Even if you don't like whatever it is that you (gently) pushed yourself to do, you will at least have had the experience, and that's what matters.
follow your passions
But every once in awhile I'll give in. About a month ago my husband and I were invited to a birthday party in the next town over. It was already evening time and I was in that "meh" kinda mood. "We should go. Just for a little while," hubs said. So I said okay and off we went.
So what was supposed to be a quick in and out kind of thing turned into me having a few margaritas, my friends and I giving ourselves cake beards, and dancing all night. It was one of the most fun evenings I've had in a long time.
And it's because I said yes.
Say yes every once in awhile and see what adventure unfolds.
In fact, I've dared myself to do quite a bit since I've lived on this island: riding on a motorbike, zip lining, snorkeling, swimming (more like floating) in an area where I couldn't put my feet down.
These may seem like child's play to some, but to me they were HUGE accomplishments. I dared myself to do them because I can't pass up an experience and I knew that if I did them, I'd feel braver than ever.
Get in touch with your inner warrior and dare yourself to do something scary.
be willing to let go
I had to let go of most of my material things before I moved: precious teacups and fairy figurines, books and craft supplies. I knew it wasn't possible for me to bring it all, so I chose only what was necessary. The trade-off was worth it, of course.
Living an adventurous life means giving up now and then - giving up control, giving up stuff. Life will zig and zag and sometimes it will feel like we've been thrown in a boat without a paddle, but that's part of the experience.
When you're willing to let go, you're willing to take the journey.
ask the universe
And that's really what living an adventurous life is all about - staying open to the possibilities.
So tell me darling, what will you do with your one wild and precious life?
Much love xx
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