Living a life filled with adventure isn’t easy – if it was, more people would do it! Most people like to stay well within their comfort zones, work, go out occasionally, and perhaps take part in hobbies occasionally if they have them. However, if you long for a life filled with adventure, you can’t just wait around for somebody to come and help you. Adventuring with another person can be great, but adventuring alone is empowering, and you can learn such a lot about yourself! Below, we’re going to take a look at 9 steps you can take to a life filled with adventure. Take a look and you could be living a more adventurous life in no time at all.
- Figure Out What Adventure Means To You
First of all, you’re going to need to figure out what adventure means to you. For some, it might be going out multiple times a week and enjoying the countryside. For others, it might mean spending more time with others and going along with spontaneous plans. Knowing what adventure means to you and understanding that it can have a different meaning for everybody is important. You may not even need to leave your hometown to enjoy more adventure – remember that!
- Choose Your Specific Adventure Goals
Next, choose some specific adventure goals that are reasonable enough for you to stick to. Adventure doesn’t always mean making plans and setting goals, but having them in place can give you a good idea of whether you’re actually reaching your desire for adventure and if not, what you can do about it. Perhaps you can pick 2 or 3 adventure goals to complete by the end of the year.
Here are some ideas:
- Attend a class or a workshop (even if it’s online)
- Go and explore a new town or city that you haven’t been to before
- Find a penpal
- Go camping
- Visit one of the 8 wonders of the world
Make sure that whatever you choose, they resonate with you on a deep level. Choosing adventures for the sake of choosing adventures isn’t a good idea. You’re supposed to be living your adventure filled life, nobody else’s!
- Take Small Steps
You don’t need to book a flight and fly somewhere brand new right away. Try taking small steps instead. What can you do today that is both doable and will increase your sense of adventure? It could be something small, like taking a different route to work, or striking up a conversation with a stranger. Getting out of your comfort zone in these small ways will help you to build your confidence at first.
- Branch Out
Start branching out and trying new things, even if you’re not certain that they are going to resonate with you. You could look at dirt bikes for sale if you want to stay active and spend more time in the countryside, for instance. You could go to a dance class, even if you’ve never danced in your life. Doing the things you’re interested in is important, but trying things you’ve never ever considered before could open up a whole new world for you.
- Just Do The Thing
Whatever you’ve been thinking about, just go and do it. Take the first step today. Go and get guitar lessons, even if you’ve only just bought your guitar and you’re not even sure how to tune it yet. Start writing a book, even if you’re an awful writer. You’ll only get better if you actually branch out and start doing these things, and again, you never know what you might learn and who you might meet. The issue is that most people focus on results, which is why they don’t want to do new things – they don’t think the end result will be ‘worth it’. A lot of the time, it’s just about enjoying the process and seeing what you can learn from that. Keep up the process and you’ll get better at anything eventually, but you can’t make results your only goal.
- Embrace Mistakes
You’re going to make mistakes. Embrace them and learn from them rather than beat yourself up over them! Try not to dwell on your mistakes – it’s not like you can take them back. Instead, examine them closely and figure out what the lesson is before you move on. You’re an imperfect human. Everybody makes mistakes. Even the greats made mistakes! People don’t think that famous actors made bad movies, or that famous writers wrote awful books, but they did. We just don’t see them very much, if at all.
- Rediscover The Things You Liked In Childhood
Think back to when you were a child. What did you like to do? Perhaps you loved painting, or building with lego, making jewelry, or even just looking after the family dog. Whatever you enjoyed, it could be a good idea to introduce more of that into your life right now. Start painting again. It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘bad’. There’s no bad art really! If you enjoyed taking care of the family dog, perhaps you could volunteer at a local shelter.
- Spend More Time With Interesting People
No man is an island. Spending time alone is great, but too much time alone isn’t good for us. Becoming hyper-dependent can actually be detrimental. Instead, see if there are ways you can spend more time with interesting people. Where can you find people with similar interests? Where are the people you can learn something from?
- Let Go of Your Expectations
Having high expectations for each of your adventures will put a lot of pressure on them and could leave you disappointed. Letting go of your expectations and just going with the flow while accepting what is will ensure you have a much better time. You can stay in the moment and enjoy it, rather than wondering when you’re going to be swept up off your feet like in an action or adventure movie.
How are you going to start living your life filled with adventure?