Honestly? I love adventure. I love exploring. I love learning. I love experiencing new things. There’s something about all of the previous statements that brings out a huge sense of purpose and excitement in me. The problem? It’s all been haphazard. Sporadic. Random…to a degree. One of my heart cries is to live a life that is full of adventure! A life that is always on the edge. The other problem? Adventure does not necessarily mean Indiana Jones or James Bond or the Tomb Raider (for all you ladies!).
I’m on a journey. Just like most of you. A journey to figure out what is important. A journey to figure out what really matters and what gives meaning to me, and then in turn influences my family. I thought I knew. I thought that I was on the right track. But now I’m not so sure.
9-5 doing the same thing over and over. 9-5 fulfilling someone else’s “idea” of what’s important. It’s not adding up. It hasn’t always made sense. Sometimes, the “9-5” has driven me crazy. Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve been fortunate to experience and work along side of some amazing people and see some incredible life change. But I’m not sure that I’ve been experiencing it for the right reasons.
So what? What do I do now? What do you do now? Well. Let me suggest that the “now” is a single step. A single step forward. I love this quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
What an amazing thought. How many of us, when we have become stuck, have stopped moving? Stopped thinking ahead? Stopped altogether? I’ve been there. Even recently. But you know what? I’m tired of being stuck. I’m tired of being overwhelmed or underwhelmed!
So again I ask. What now?
Take a step. Take a step forward and ask for help.
Here’s some suggestions, if you’re open to them.
- Take a deep breath.
- Then take another step.
- Pray. Meditate. Get centered. Then…
- Write a list of what’s important to you (cut through the material stuff).
- Write a list of your dreams (go crazy on this one…who cares all the money stuff).
- Write a list of what you’re willing to do to fulfill the 2 lists.
- Share it with those who are truly important in your life.
- Find someone(s) who can guide/coach you into fulfilling what’s truly important.
- Take another step.
- Dive into the rabbit hole of a life steeped in adventure.
Here are some suggestions for getting started:
The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
Living Forward by Michael Hyatt
Essentialism by Greg McKeown
Scary Close by Donald Miller
Love Does by Bob Goff
Question: What do you want from life and is there purpose behind it? It has to be more than money and stuff.