Adventure. An adventure is an exciting experience that is typically a bold, sometimes risky, undertaking. Even the definition gives me a little thrill. As you may have surmised, I’m contemplating a new adventure and it’s stirring up all kinds of mixed feelings. Apprehension. Fear. Excitement. Possibilities of success? Failure? I’m vacillating back and forth like a rusty saw. Should I? Shouldn’t I? One minute I’m opening the door of possibility a crack, peering inside and seeing all kinds of wonderful things. And the next minute I’m slamming it shut.
Don’t we all do that when we’re contemplating anything new? But why? Why do we slam the door shut? Why don’t we take a leap? Is it because we’re afraid of stepping out of our controlled environment? Even if it’s boring, and mundane. At least, you say, I know what to expect. But do you….really? Trying to keep things the same is trying to control the uncontrollable. We delude ourselves into thinking all the people around us and all the circumstances, will always remain the same. Thus we will be safe and comfortable.
Heraclitus, an ancient Greek philosopher, said, “The only constant thing in the world is change.” Time passes. We grow older. Trying to hold fast to the familiar is only a delusion.
The definition of adventure is different for everyone. Your adventure can be as life altering as starting a new business, moving to a new house, taking a trip. Or it can be as small as eating alone in a restaurant, going to a new coffee shop. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes, from life changing to simply creating a unique pleasurable moment. The important thing is that it infuses a spark of excitement into your life. That it leaves you changed, expanded….. better for the having of it.
I’m advocating today that each of us strike out on an adventure of one sort or another. Disregard the naysayers….and there will be naysayers. The bigger the adventure the louder the cry of opposition. Step out, do something bold and risky, possibly even with the potential for danger….like skydiving. Just don’t ask me to join you in those types of adventures. I prefer my exploits to require both feet planted firmly on the ground.
I implore you. I urge you. I challenge you. Step out, take a chance. Stir things up. Feel free to share your adventure in the comments below. We are all waiting to applaud your boldness, whatever form it takes. Go out. Seek adventure and start….attracting magic!!