Let me just clarify—I'm not writing this post because I find my life particularly adventurous. In fact, becoming more adventurous was a bit of a resolution for me on my 25th birthday—I resolved to seek out adventure, big or small. These are 7 things I've learned in the pursuit of having a more adventurous life.
1) Redefine adventure. Many people view adventure as synonymous with traveling the world. But, I've quickly adopted the quote, "Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure." You don't have to swim with sharks, sky dive, or bike across America to have adventures (although all those things are awesome). The real adventure is living each day intentionally, seeking out the good and exciting in even the most mundane of situations. I've found that being grateful for the tiniest moments have allowed me to see the adventure of life as a whole.
2) Drop the comparison. After redefining adventure, I realized the thing holding me back from having a truly adventurous life was comparing my experiences to other's. If someone went ice fishing in Alaska, then my little camping trip to the woods seemed to pale in comparison. When I stopped weighing my adventures, it became easier to view my actions with fresh eyes. After all, I'm the only one that gets to define adventures for myself.
3) Say yes. Even if you don't feel qualified, even if it's something you're bad at, say "yes" when unexpected opportunities come your way. Whether it's a spur of the moment weekend road trip or an offer to join a dodgeball team, why not try it? (But also, don't use this as an excuse to do something illegal...)
4) Seek the Lord. What He wants for you is big. Even if you're called to be an accountant who lives in same city your entire life without leaving—you are called to impact people in big ways. For me, the most defining characteristic of a great adventure is who I share it with. Living each day for God and loving others intentionally is an adventure in and of itself.
5) Persevere. The point of an adventure is not that it will be easy; in fact most are just the opposite. Too many people mistakenly use the excuse of adventure to run away from difficult situations. Sometimes the most fruit and greatest adventure comes from simply staying put.
6) Don't settle! I don't know about you, but I'm always afraid of leaving something "good" for fear that something "great" won't come along. It's my tendency to let the fear of what's to come force me to remain stagnant. But, I'm learning to listen to that little voice telling me when it's time to stay (point #5) and when it's time to go.
7) Stop waiting...
What's your next adventure?
PS- I just came across this article about Microadventures today and LOVED it.