“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
At some point in between building magnificent cities with Legos and playing a little hide-and-go-seek with the neighborhood kids, a well-meaning adult or more likely dozens of grown-ups posed the aforementioned question to us.
If we had not felt the subtle and not-so-subtle push to move past childish things, maybe we should have responded by asking a similar question:
“What made you come alive when you were just a kid?”
Instead, most of us have been in such a rush to find the end game of what we’re supposed to do when we “grow up” that we have forgotten our first loves.
You know, catching fireflies in the backyard and making them our glass-jar pets for two days until they died from grass poisoning and a lack of oxygen. Playing sandlot baseball, where I usually wanted to be both the umpire and the catcher because both got to wear an awesome mask for a whole nine innings. Exploring the narrow path in the woods, hoping it would lead to buried treasure or at least some really cool, yet-to-be discovered hideaway where you could claim to be the first English settler.
Why do we shove aside what we once loved (and probably still love) to do because we think we will find happiness in ONE career? Why not live each day as an adventure?
Take a moment and ask yourself, “What made me come alive as a child? What things did I do when time just seemed to disappear?”
Adventure doesn’t have to take a back seat to “being responsible.” In fact, it’s irresponsible to not spend time doing what you love.
Consider implementing some of the following ideas to add adventure to your daily life and rekindle those past loves:
– If you are an outdoorsman, regularly seek out new trails and parks. Find a new spot to watch the sunset.
– Make it your quest to regularly discover an out-of-the-way restaurant, coffee shop, or ice cream shop (no chains allowed).
– Drive down a new road and get lost on purpose.
– Go geocaching and look for the hidden treasure.
– Take a day trip to a nearby local town or city without a preconceived agenda.
– Take a class doing something you loved as a child – music, art, photography, etc.
– Go on a photo safari in a city or in nature.
It is a conscious choice to live each day as an adventure, and when you make the choice, adventure can be found everywhere you go.
What ways do you make each day your own adventure?
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