Inject Adventure into Your Everyday Life

5 Apr

Life is either a great adventure or nothing. Helen Keller

 

Photo Credit: www.buenostours.com

I’ve been noticing a trend among several of the personal growth blogs that I read. There’s a big focus on being bold and adventurous in your life – which is a great message – but sometimes I think that there’s so much emphasis on making huge, flashy changes to our lives that we overlook the small adventures. Not everyone can quit their job and move to Istanbul for a year but everyone can start being bold in their everyday lives. Everyone can have a mini adventure every month, week or even day.

On Saturday my friend and I spent 20 minutes in Pershing Square in Downtown LA smacking people with pillows for International Pillow Fight Day. I had randomly heard about the event on Friday and immediately emailed my friend seeing if she wanted to go. We drove up there not really knowing what to expect but that was half the fun. Once the countdown began and the pillow fighting kicked off we were absolutely delirious – running through the square attacking people – and avoiding attacks – with our pillows of mass destruction.

Was it silly? Yes – unbelievably so. But it made us giggle and feel carefree. More importantly, we had gone out of our comfort zone and done something completely out of the ordinary. We talked to new people and learned new things (like the importance of bringing a bandana or mask to cover your nose & mouth during an outdoor pillow fight because there will be feathers everywhere). And we had a ridiculous amount of fun. Our little weekend adventure had all of the elements of a large scale adventure but it was something that was a little more doable for us at the time.

Don’t just sit around waiting for your trip around the world adventure to happen. Inject adventure into your everyday life. Explore new restaurants or different parts of town. Join a Meetup group for something that interests you. Talk to a stranger. Go to a concert. Eat breakfast for dinner. Set an intention to do something a little bold and a little different every week. It may seem scary at first but soon you’ll find you’ll be living an adventure-filled life where there’s no room for boredom.

How will you start injecting adventure into your life? What have you done lately that was bold and adventurous? Do share!

Until Next Time,

Nailah



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6 Responses to “Inject Adventure into Your Everyday Life”

  1. Vanessa April 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    I love this. I wish I could have seen the pillow fight it sounds hysterical and what a great stress release. You are so right, though. I am undergoing a big fun project and I keep trying to think of HUGE things I can do. Maybe I need to shift my thinking a little and see if some small things might feels just as good.

  2. Alan April 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi Nailah,Nice post. Would you mind either turning the photo into a live link to our website, or the text "Photo Credit: http://www.buenostours.com" into a live link to our website, otherwise I don’t think it really counts as photo credit.Thanks!Alanwww.buenostours.con

  3. Jessie May April 6, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    What a great message. So often we get stuck in this black and white perspective where we think our only options are to go out and conquer the world, or do nothing at all. This post really brought home, that we don’t have to wait around for a HUGE opportunity for adventure to plop itself down in front of us, if we open our eyes, we can CREATE opportunities for adventure all around us!

  4. Nailah April 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    Vanessa – It was a lot of fun! You’ll have to look at for one in your city next year. Getting a good balance between the big & exciting and the small & exciting might be a good idea. Good luck with your project – I hope you’ll keep us posted on it when you get done!Alan – Thanks for the heads-up. It is now a live link. Excellent picture! I think it really captured the essence of International Pillow Fight Day.Jessie May – You summed that up wonderfully! It’s so easy to get stuck because we’re waiting on that huge exciting break-through. I love the phrase:" if we open our eyes, we can CREATE opportunities for adventure all around us!" That’s an excellent way of approaching everyday life.

  5. Ms. Mary Mack April 6, 2010 at 11:41 pm #

    Wow! What fun. Also a good way to release any pent-up stress, right? I wonder if this could happen in NYC–right in the middle of Times Sq. Very cool.Great post!

  6. Nailah April 7, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Ms. MaryMack – Yes it was a great stress release. I bet there is one in NYC. They have them all around the world!

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