It’s easy to become comfortable in a routine; it happens to us all at some point. Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life, time can pass by in the blink of an eye. If you’ve noticed the days are accumulating without many distinguishing, awe-inspiring moments in between, you may need to infuse more awareness and adventure into your life.
As Eleanor Roosevelt wisely said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” While this might be difficult to accomplish on a daily basis, her sentiment is important to acknowledge: step outside your comfort zone and do something “scarily new” as often as possible.
Leading a more adventurous life isn’t terribly difficult, but it does require determination, passion, and discipline.
When accepting new adventures into your life, there will be a certain level of discomfort. Keep in mind, though, that this is a good thing: discomfort often equals growth and change, and both are essential to a vibrant existence. When you embrace discomfort, the inevitable learning curves, setbacks, and disappointments will be easier to handle. It’s not always easy starting a new hobby, talking to a new person, or learning the ropes in a new state or country. Determination through discomfort will be necessary on the days when you feel like giving up and heading back to familiarity.
Passion is another vital element for leading an adventurous life. By living passionately, you’ll hone the ability to see the potential and wonder in a situation. When you greet each new day with excitement and enthusiasm, you will attract positive experiences and see even the most mundane activities with new eyes.
The last point on this list, discipline, might at first seem counterintuitive to spontaneity and adventure. Surprisingly, it’s not. Life often requires preparations, and it’s not always possible (or wise) to drop everything and run off to the unknown. Discipline is the skill of recognizing what it means to accomplish a goal – and staying on track until that dream is achieved.
The importance of discipline goes far beyond financial and familial responsibility. Some adventurous achievements (such as running a marathon or learning a new language) are not skills that can be developed overnight – they take hours of disciplined practice to master. The most meaningful endeavors in life are often the ones we work hardest for, and steady progress is the only way to achieving those dreams.
If you’re putting something off until tomorrow – don’t. There’s only today to make your dreams a reality. Start writing the novel, make the plans to visit Bali, talk to the new person in your spin class. If you don’t make a conscious effort to infuse adventure into your life, the days will pass you by. Start today, for we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow.