Adventure means something different to each person, right now you are sifting through imaginative pictures in your head of what it means. What you see is not what I imagine. But what we can all agree on, is that the adventure is an experience that is exciting, thrilling and perhaps a bit risky. The best part of an adventure is the uncertainty of how it will end; it is unpredictable.
It is so easy to live life in monotone: routine, shapeless and uninspiring. This is what being an adult can sometimes result in. In order to handle daily responsibilities, we tend to plan meticulously and dissect life in a periodic fashion, much like Walter Mitty. This is why we need to believe in the adventure, the micro and the macro. Here are some helpful tips that I put in practice in my own life, and I think they work.
1. Decide Now
Living the adventure is personal. No matter who is pulling the strings, an unwillingness will never completely satisfy. It has to be something you want. That’s why you have to take the step. You will not always be able to see the world through another’s lens, until you choose to.
Time may be linear, but our decisions don’t have to be. Here, right now, wherever you are, you can make a decision to change the way you are living and spending your time. Don’t plan for the future, whether it be for the next day or for the week ahead, you can live the adventure right now. It’s all about you deciding what you want, and making the call to do it now.
2. Be Spontaneous
Being spontaneous is a large proportion of living the adventure; it’s all about being in the moment. Learn to forgo some of your routine. Put it down, let it go. Do something you have been longing to do for a while. Don’t hesitate, just go for it. It is this sort of spontaneity that leads to the excitement that is an uncertain moment, and an uncertain outcome; one in which you still control by allowing personal admittance. Being spontaneous relies completely on breaking out of some serious comfort zones. Acknowledge it, and then move past any fears.
Much like my other post, Five Tips for Moving to a New City, saying “YES” can make our break an experience. Remember that.
3. Dance Like a Wild Person
Being crazy and wild in a safe space can lead to the confidence of being wild in a social space. It has been proven that our non-verbal language shapes how we feel about ourselves. When you dance, whether you are alone in your home, with friends, or just sitting in traffic, allow yourself to unwind. Be crazy. Once you are able to do this, you will feel inspired to feel bolder and more confident in other situations, which ultimately affects your actions.
Music has a revolutionary effect on humans. Getting psyched up is recommended.
4. Start Off Small
We often think of an adventure as the great escape to Europe or traveling somewhere arb and uncomfortable. This may be true, but the adventure also takes form in the micro. This can mean that living your day a little more excitedly, changing what it is seemingly ordinary by instigating your own initiative. You can imitate it until you are able to live it – for real. Change something that you do in your everyday life, maybe even your hair if it will change your experience of how you live your day.
On a holiday to Cape Town, someone thought it would be a great idea to swim in the Kalkbay tidal pools, on a Sunday night at 22:00. It was freezing. The wind was blowing in true Cape Town force. Some of my friends just watched and huddled themselves from the wind. The rest of us, well we just stripped down to our cozzies and just dived and screamed. It was epic. It was the start to making my holiday that much more adventurous.
5. Believe in the Adventure
Everyday can be an adventure, if you believe it is. And believing, well once you believe, your actions will respond to it.
Pictures from a weekend trip to Van Reenen.