Posted January 7, 2020 in Uncategorized
What Does Adventure Mean to You?
What I essentially do through my experiences is invite people into adventure. In one sentence that probably sums it up best.
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Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved going on adventures. Big or small. Mini adventures throughout the day and BIG adventures like globetrotting.
But what is it about adventure? What does it mean to me?
I have a hard time putting it into succinct words. What might work best is if you stay with me for a few paragraphs and explain the feeling I had on a recent adventure to see if we can find the words. That’ll give you time to think about how you’d put words to it! Because spoiler alert, I want to hear from you!
A few weeks ago I was in Venice Beach for a conference. The first day didn’t start until 1pm so I had time in the morning. With a few friends that were with me, we decided to head down to the beach and see what the buzz was like there.
Actually, we took electric scooters down to the beach to be more exact. That was a first for me! The tears running down my face were from the brisk morning air as I was ripping through the streets. But it could’ve been tears of joy because that was FUN!
When we got down to the beach we decided to rent surf boards from a local shop and try our luck with surfing. Only 1 of the 4 of us has really surfed before, but what could possible go wrong?
After about a 37 second lesson from the experienced one of the group, we decided we were ready. It didn’t take long to realize we could’ve used an actual lesson. But regardless, we were out there and doing it! Or at least trying to!
It didn’t matter if all I could do is stand up for 3 to 4 seconds on some of the baby waves close to shore. I was doing it! And I felt ALIVE!
During that 1 hour of “surfing”, I didn’t think about anything in the past or worry about anything that is upcoming. I was present. And what a gift that was!
I was laughing. I was trying something for the first time. I felt like a kid out there!
Wave after wave of me falling down was a lesson that life was serving up to me. And I was open to it. The lessons were so rich and it put me on this mental journey of self development and improvement as I contemplated all that I was learning and translating into my life. More on that in another blog post, perhaps.
Adventure to me is getting outside my comfort zone. It’s being in a space that forces me to be present. It thrusts me on a journey of self development. It makes me feel ALIVE. It lights up my soul. It’s a disruption to me sometimes monotonous life. An invitation to shift my perspective and expand my thoughts. Spontaneity. It’s intentionally losing myself in an experience to find myself in a lesson.
The need for adventure could be covered up deep down inside you, dormant. Just waiting to be activated. Have you lost sight of it? When’s the last time you’ve been on an adventure?
Or maybe it’s always been a burning desire, like me. Just waiting for more.
The benefit of it can be hard to articulate. But I know that it fills up my personal fulfillment cup and I show up different in the world. Better, as a result. As an entrepreneur. As a husband. A dad. A friend. You get the idea…
I think our souls call us into adventure. It’s time to answer that call.
Now it’s YOUR turn…what does adventure mean to you?