Ingredients to Create a Blissful Life #36: Adventure

You know my favourite type of stories? I absolutely love it when there is something exciting happening. A quest or pirates, things like that. I’m sure part of that is the fantasy (and of course the magic!), but part of that is also your ingredient for this week…

This week’s ingredient is: Adventure!

It’s interesting, until 10 or 15 years ago, I didn’t realize how much I enjoy a good adventure. I remember exploring and being very curious when I was younger, but I’m talking about the “picking up and going where the wind blows you and not really certain if you’ll ever return” kind of adventure. Ever have one of those?

A dear friend of mine announced a couple of weeks ago that she and her family are moving across the country to pursue a business and lifestyle they’ve been dreaming about. I think most people would be sad that their friends are moving away. Me? I was excited and actually started wondering if it would be possible for me to go along. I’m certain I’ll see them again (we’re already making plans for my first visit), I’m thrilled that they’re facing risk and fear and the uncertain to do what they believe to be the right move for their family, and am just a little bit disappointed that it’s not my adventure this time.

You know the best thing about doing something like this? For me, it was learning that I’m much stronger and more resilient than I ever realized. It taught me that no matter where I find myself, I will learn and adapt and that’s an incredible gift! The confidence to know that I can stand on my own and that I will figure it out is something that cannot be bought – it can only be earned by doing it.

Now, not everyone is going to move to a different part of the world, some may never move away from the town they were born in. And it really doesn’t have to be even nearly that drastic. Adventure can be as simple as trying different foods, taking a dance class, even going to an event where you don’t know anyone. It can be going on a trip to someplace exciting for you and exploring. It can be whatever it is in your world.

So here’s what I’m going to ask you to consider this week. What gets your heart pumping and makes you excited by what could be possible? And when was the last time you did that? Would it be fun for you to have more of that in your world? If your answer is yes, what would it take to have more of that and are you willing to do it?

Is it about challenging yourself or like my friends, taking a huge leap and seeing where you land? Whatever it is, it is your choice whether you’d like to be quiet and peaceful or taking risks with your adrenaline pumping. Neither is right, neither is wrong, just a choice. And by the way, you can always choose something different. I generally land on the adrenaline pumping and risk taking side of things but not always. I really have no desire at this point in my life to jump out of a plane with nothing but a piece of material strapped to my back. But I might just love to explore being a gypsy a bit more while I’m here…

What do you choose?

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