Everyday adventure is part of living a charmed life. People with charmed lives do seem to attract adventure, but it seems more likely they create circumstances where it can happen.
Adventure can be defined simply as any activity you find exciting. The outcome of the activity is uncertain, which implies, also, some fear.
According to Matt Walker,
‘Without uncertainty we have a safe, contained, and predictable experience; we don’t have adventure.’
I imagine some people would like to live absolutely safe lives but of course that is not possible. None of us is completely safe all of the time. Instead, most of us need a level of variety, challenge and excitement. Most of us need adventure some times, even if we create our own soap-opera dramas to experience it.
How much adventure we need differs from person to person, according to our personality and experience. Some are content with very little, and others need to climb mountains and jump from planes to satisfy their need. Those of us lucky enough to have regular holidays journey, explore and often venture beyond our comfort zones.
The good news is that you don’t have to leave home to enjoy quality, everyday adventure. Those with charmed lives regularly create space where they explore, venture and enjoy quests in their day-to-day lives. Such activities include curiosity, open-mindedness and some risk. They involve creativity and pushing the boundaries of what you think is ‘normal’. And a good dollop of spontaneity also helps.
My guru, Julia Cameron, says that what she calls ‘artist’s dates’ are essential to fill the creative well. She says that creatives should go by themselves, at least once week, and explore something different, such as a new shop, church, at gallery, concert, experience.
An exciting aspect of creating everyday adventure means that more opportunities present as one opens to the possibilities.
Stepping stones to everyday adventure
- Explore your own neighbourhood and other local areas as if you were a tourist. Be open to what you notice. Yes, take your camera and record what is new, different, interesting. Listen to the different sounds. Enjoy different smells.
- Literally go off your own beaten tracks. Take a different route to work, the shops or grandma’s house.
- Try a holiday at home. I wrote about this here.
- Stretch yourself. Try foods you have not eaten before. Listen to music you do not usually choose. Read books in genres you have not explored.
- Learn something new, especially if it pushes you in a different direction or to new depths.
- Accept (or create) invitations to events you can’t imagine enjoying, although others seem to find them fun.
- Do something differently every day. If you always drive into your garage, try backing in. If you clean your teeth with your right hand, try using your left, for example.
- If you always drive, catch a bus, train or ferry instead. Or ride your bike or walk.
- Make ‘YET’ and ‘YES’ your favourite words. Yet, as in ‘I haven’t done (tried, experienced) that YET,’ and ‘YES’ as in ‘Yes, I’m willing to give it a go.’
To quote Matt Walker again
‘Flexibility, grace, and being open to possibility allows you to fully engage with the experience – in a sense it gives life and vitality to the experience.’