I recently read somewhere that an unadventurous life is not worth living. Despite the fact that this bold statement contains a hint of judgment that ruffles my feathers, I love how it challenges me. I love it, because I don’t want to live a mediocre life characterized by a playing-it-safe existence. Adventure sounds far more interesting!
For much of my life, I thought it wise to live carefully and conservatively. Yet, in the past decade I have been learning that our full potential will never be realized when we let our logical brain run the show. In order to experience fully who we were created to be, we need to listen more to our gut than our head.
It is our inner voice that urges us onward and upward more so than our mind. This means we can give our intellect a rest, because we don’t need to have it all figured out. All we need to do is take one step of faith after another.
Of course, our logical brain can still serve us by offering input into our decision-making process. It has real value, to be sure. However, since it isn’t too keen on taking risks, it only gets one vote. I no longer allow it to act as the entire board of directors.
It has been said that everything we always wanted lies just outside our comfort zone. If that’s true, then it is only when we take a risk beyond the comfortable that our dreams become possible. Only then, do we open ourselves up to all the myriad possibilities of what we can experience and achieve in the life we have been given. The truth is… no matter who you are, opportunities abound.
When I am tempted to feel discouraged by life’s mundane challenges, I have to keep reminding myself of this. I have to come back to the simple truth that life is a gift that is meant to be an adventure. Sometimes, this is all I need to snap me out of my doldrums.
I don’t know whether an unadventurous life is not worth living, but at the very least it sounds boring. However, we probably each have a different definition of adventure. For all I know, a person may find that walking to their mailbox is all the adventure they can handle. As for me, I like to take bigger risks than that.
I want to live an adventurous life, but I stop short of thrill seeking. When it comes to sky diving or bungee jumping, my head and my gut scream together, “Dooooooooon’t do it!” I let them holler as loud as they want in situations like this. It’s important, because I want them to feel like they are on the same team. That way, when I’m facing a really tough decision, they can work together trusting that they each want what is best for me.
“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery