Making Adventure a Priority

Every now and then, a friend will view one of my nature landscape photos and remark that they wish they could visit some of the atop Clingmans Dome Towermagnificent spots where I’ve hiked or traveled to. I guess it surprises me a bit that others would be envious, mainly because much of my life is spent doing many of the necessary, mundane things just like everyone else. And I’m  just as envious of hikers who have scaled the grand “14ers” in Colorado or those who have mountains dotting the landscape in their own back yards.

Much of our mindset comes from our own perspective. Yet, one major difference in my perspective is that I view adventure, not as optional, but as a priority.

Sometimes that means I take my son out “hiking” with me, even though he’s just coming up on his first birthday. (I’m starting him young!) Other times, it involves taking vacation from work and traveling solo halfway across the country. It may simply include squeezing in an hour at the lake trail or writing a blog about a difficult topic or snapping 200 photos to capture that one “perfect,” magnificent image.

So how do you make adventure a priority, especially in the midst of paying bills, working, spending time with family, shopping for groceries, and engaging in church activities?

1. Create margin. Our schedules are already overloaded. However, until we make a conscious decision to stop saying “yes” to good things while spending the remainder of our time constantly putting out fires, then we will never find the time to pursue the adventures that matter to us.

2. Schedule regular time for adventure. If you don’t carve out time for an adventure, it’s not going to happen. Schedule time to do what makes your heart come alive.

3. Discuss your desires with the family. Come up with a workable solution to allow yourself time to live the adventure, create art, and engage your heart’s desires. If they have the same desires, include them. If not, express your desires openly and honestly.

4. Get uncomfortable. Adventures are meant to stretch us. If you’re not stretching yourself, you’re likely stuck in a place that author Dan Miller refers to as “comfortable misery.”

5. View adventure as quality time with God and bonding time with friends. If you still have trouble making adventure a priority, examine the spiritual and relational benefits. Some of my most rewarding conversations with God and friends have taken place in the middle of the wilderness.

How do you make adventure a priority in your life?


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  • BlessingCounter – Deb Wolf

    My favorite adventures stretch me mentally. I like your tip to schedule adventure. It’s too easy to get caught in a routine and forget to do those things that energize. Great post Chris!

    • Chris Peek

      Thanks so much, Deb. Like you, I need a good mental stretching, too. And you’re exactly right – life has a way of passing us by if we don’t schedule the things that energize.

  • Michael Wright

    That’s a great photo! You should take that guy along on all your hikes. :)

    • Chris Peek

      Ha ha thanks Michael. I’ll have to see if he’s free next time.

  • Kari Scare

    Here’s the key: “Schedule time to do what makes your heart come alive.” Adventure is a relative term; what is adventure to me may not be to you. What makes a person’s heart come alive is where their definition of adventure exists. Whatever it is, God put it there, and He wants us to pursue it as a way of pursuing Him.

    • Chris Peek

      Great points, Kari. Thankfully, God has provided us with so many ways to engage those heart desires and adventures. Many people probably consider church as THE way to pursue God, and yet He tells us that He is omnipresent.

  • Loren Pinilis

    I think a lot of it comes from what you define as adventure. Hiking and seeing great landscapes certainly counts. I also get a thrill of adventure from taking risks for the kingdom – like giving sacrificially or something like that. But it is kinda sad when your friends remark that they wish they could be like you – because what’s stopping them except themselves?

    • Chris Peek

      I agree – certainly adventure isn’t relegated to hiking and landscapes, even though that is a part of my own sense of adventure. I just think so many people believe that they can’t live a life of adventure themselves because of all of their obligations and responsibilities. They can’t see beyond the status quo and current circumstances in order to dream and live again.

  • Dan Black

    Great post, Chris! If it’s not planned it will more than likely not happen. My wife, son, and myself have a weekly family day. A lot of time we go on little adventures around our city. Its a fun time!

    • Chris Peek

      Dan, it’s great to hear you are planning regular adventures into your life with your family. Our family takes regular adventures in our local area, too. It’s such a great way to create lasting memories together.

      • Dan Black

        It sure is:)