How to Live Each Day as an Adventure

kids exploring

“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?

Photo Courtesy: bionicteaching

 

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  • http://www.elevatedgolf.com/ Daniel Holterhaus

    Exploration has been threaded in my life. That picture of the kids running through the woods reminds me of myself when I was little, haha. I really try to spend some time in thought each day, and I also try to do what gives me energy. Being outside is a must, especially in the nicer months, where I can explore and feel energized. Taking a day trip to a nearby local town is going to be on the agenda soon, good call!

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      That photo reminded me of my childhood too. Apparently we’re long lost brothers. I’m with you – spending time outside on beautiful days is a must. This year’s never-ending winter killed me inside. I’m looking forward to doing some exploring with you soon.

  • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

    I try to live openly and lively when it comes to my daily routine and making it an adventure. I write down everything on my board that needs to get accomplished and it feels so good to strike it off when its completed.

    But what excites me most is when I mix up my routine by doing what I usually do first last or random times of the day. Then I make sure to connect with someone that I hadn’t or don’t know particularly well. Its always a great surprise to learn more about others.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Very cool, Lincoln. Doesn’t it make the day so much more meaningful when we turn each small task into an adventure? Great idea about connecting with new people and building connection points.

      • http://www.lincolnparks.com/ Lincoln Parks

        Absolutely Chris. I mean people I talk to daily but don’t know them personally is so shocking. That’s why its so great to do it. It just makes for deeper connections.

  • S Scott Johnson

    Great ideas, Chris! I sometimes find my greatest creative moments when I’m traveling through unfamiliar territory. I thought about another pressure that many of us face in our career and sometimes it comes in the form of a different question – “So what’s your next career move up the corporate ladder?” I’m not saying that I want to stay in the career I have now forever, but I thoroughly enjoy my job and usually tell people–like a child–that I’m having too much fun and enjoying the people I work with to make a change now. The career I have now actually fulfills many of my deepest desires, and I get time to pursue other things like blogging and writing.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Thanks so much, Scott, for sharing your own experiences. It’s quite telling that even when you’ve had success in your career as you’ve defined it nicely here, other people are pushing you to climb that corporate ladder. I love how you’ve kept the big picture of living the adventure as the central part of your life, rather than trading it away for something that may not fit your heart’s desire.

  • http://danblackonleadership.com/ Dan Black

    Great post Chris! I try and get outside of my comfort zone as much as possible. It really allows me to live and move to my potential.

    • http://www.trailreflections.com/ Chris Peek

      Getting out of your comfort zone is definitely a way to live each day as an adventure. It’s something we all have to consciously work at to be intentional about doing. Great addition!