I’ve learned an immeasurable amount about my own heart and desires through pushing myself and trying new things and being in new places. How do you know where you belong if you’ve never been anywhere? Get to a big city. Get to a small town. Get to a beach. Figure out what you love and how you picture your life unfolding. Luckily, I grew up with military parents, so I got an idea of what I loved pretty early on. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting that newness in my life on a regular basis!
Beyond travel, I think adventure is so important to our personal growth and having an overall appreciation for the world and life in general. Learning about our world is important, of course, but I feel like doing things that give you an adrenaline rush, or doing things that are different, out of the ordinary, and exciting, bring something totally different to our lives.
I’ve always been one to get excited about adventure. I always wanted to ride the craziest roller coasters, go hiking, mountain climbing, go sky diving, bridge jumping, kayaking, surfing, and stuff like that. But lately, I think my need for adventure comes from my innate want for things that I can’t have. Having Crohn’s disease and anxiety has kept me from doing a lot of things… I’ve canceled trips, bowed out of fun experiences, skipped weekends that we had things planned for, and so much more.
But in the time I’ve spent realizing my passions, being sick, not being able to have those passions, and just going through all of that- I’ve learned what’s worth having, what’s worth dealing with, and what’s truly important to me. It’s given me so much perspective! Lately I’ve been wanting get closer to nature and I’ve been enjoying that so much. Probably because there isn’t much to do where I live other than being around trees and rivers. I’ve really learned to appreciate the serenity of it all.
More than anything else, I want to be on my death bed in however many years (or months, who really knows?) and know that I lived every day to the fullest. It sounds cliche, but if you can live every single day knowing you did something productive, exciting, or just something small that was contributing to the bigger picture, then you’re doing a great job at life. Read my Live a Great Story post ➳ Here. Release your fears (Something I’m still working on with my anxiety.) and experience life. We have such amazing technology now, and there are so many feelings to experience, and things to try, and places to see. I want to do them all!
It doesn’t have to be anything huge. I’m not suggesting you need to travel across the country or to a different country to have adventure. It could be as simple as getting a hotel in the next town over, or camping at your closest beach. Zip-lining, biking your city at midnight (My sister does this with her friends and I think it’s so damn cool.) or riding the scary bungee swing ride at your closest amusement park. (I did this at Six Flags ATL & it was the BEST!) It’s not hard!
Do something that excites you. Something that awakens your soul. Puts a smile on your face. Gives you a senses of accomplishment and confidence.
Live a life of intention.