Sometimes while spending time in a day to day routine as maybe some of us do, we tend to take some things for granted? As you would know, a routine, as it was, is a pattern of everyday living. We get up, have breakfast, go to work, have lunch, go back to work, and then look forward to going home at 5pm, or whenever the day spans.
I have spent some time with people that have at one time enjoyed a routine. They are people that have busy lifestyles, they have family, responsibilities as you or I would, and at a time in their lives they have decided that they want more. I guess maybe the decision comes from wanting to LIVE, and live now, not waiting until they are retired or until they have enough money, etc. Now I am not here to compare or pass judgment on anyone that is in a routine and on some level very happy with living this way. Because who am I to say we should live this way or live that way. What I want to talk about is the spectrum of emotions that bring a happiness that may exceed the one you may already know.
The people I am mentioning that have decided on wanting more do not necessarily force themselves outside their so called comfort zones, but I think tend to be curious and look for a life of experiences, rather than finding happiness and attachment, in things, that when it comes down to it are at a level of happiness and gratitude for life, that they feel so very lucky in just the taste of an apple or a quick smile from someone.
With the challenges they have faced from chasing after their dreams, largely brings with it emotion that they may not have felt before by maybe playing it safe. They look at things in a totally different light, because with their experiences, good and bad, they now value the smaller things on a much higher level, and now have cultivated a massive passion for life and love.
I think that adventure is what it is about, chasing your dreams, and why must we BE adventurous? To evoke the emotions from within us. I notice that myself, with a day to day routine of running a business, does not tend to challenge the depths of my emotional potential, I tend to sometimes find myself getting a little frustrated at times, of course at first it definitely challenged me, though the more I grew, the bigger challenges I sought.
“If you don’t fail now and again, it’s a sign you’re playing it safe.” – Woody Allen
I was told once that there are no bad emotions, every emotion that I am feeling bad or good has a very important message for me; The message that I am being given whether I am feeling fearful, angry, uncomfortable, jealous, is that there is something that needs to change. So I need to take action, and it’s not necessarily whatever is outside of me, most of the time all I have to do is look within to find the solution, as to expect less from others, and expect more from myself.
So should we not be willing to have the courage to go after what we want?”Because playing it small does not serve the world, there’s nothing enlightening about shrinking, so that others don’t feel insecure around you, are we not all meant to shine?”(quote-Marianne Williamson) and going after what we want will in turn give others the courage to take on their world.
I have found that including small or large adventures into my life has caused many doors to open in my world, and has shown me a new way of looking at things. There is an old quote that says “The voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”. …
I believe that the very adventure of seeing and experiencing new landscapes, absorbing everything that is going on, whether I’m just talking to someone on the street, or I’m Trekking, flying down a hill on my bike or climbing or surfing, pushing myself that little bit more each day outside my comfort zone. Exposing myself, and being fully vulnerable, has given me new eyes, and a confidence, with a relaxed state in the moments that challenge me, and also the moments that I challenge. This has given me the opportunity to find a whole different and larger spectrum of emotions, and caused me to appreciate the little things in life that much more.
“True Victory is victory over oneself” – Master Ueshiba.
I think the first book I read that got me onto the adventure path (that is, adventure within and without) was Dan Millman’s “Peaceful warrior”, this book started the roller coaster ride of changing the way of thinking I know, and then realising that I actually don’t know much at all, which is quite humbling, and keeps the thrill of learning and adventure alive.
There is a quote that says, “Ignorance is bliss”, although I think that if I believe this then I would limit myself somewhat. There is another that says “ignorance is poverty” and I believe this down to a tee, because “you don’t know what you don’t know”.
The information that I can get my hands on may be only intermediate information, but it can give me the opportunity to trial and error, it also elicits far more choice in my life, and this is what we’re all after, isn’t it? More choice? for example; if I was not so fit and healthy and carrying a little on me, I might have less choice in the activities that I could participate in, so a little information plus some research and action on a fitter and healthier me, and whammo, I can choose to enter into far more activities in my world, which also in turn may stir up some endorphins, which help mood enhancement, improve my memory, energy production, quill stress, upon many other things. Contrary to some belief, you actually need to move to create energy ( kinetic energy), where a body in motion stays in motion, and a body at rest stays at rest, i think they call that the theory of inertia?
I love to have choice and the freedom to do what I want, I love to ride the downhill on my bike and climb, go on adventures with my beautiful girlfriend. The fact that I choose to run my business first gives me the opportunity to choose to enjoy my activities second, until I can get enough information to illicit more choice to inturn find that I can leverage my time better, so I can therefore do more of the activities I love to do, and afford to do them.
I find that I am very driven to achieve, and sometimes forget to live in the moment. I find myself trying, rather than just doing, perhaps dreaming a little too much. Don’t get me wrong, I believe hugely in dreaming, otherwise we would not be where we are today and have the things we have without dreamers, although sometimes I get caught up in the result rather than enjoying the journey, finding that I think I have to do something to be someone, which will give me what I want, then to be happy? Rather than just BEING happy first, isn’t that what we are, human beings, not human doings?
I also think that the small and large adventures that I have endeavoured, have naturally put me in the moment, and as a result of those choices have caused me to choose to feel much happier. Is this the ultimate goal? To do what you want, with the freedom to do it? To live our passions?