Early on in life, everything is fresh and new. We engage our curiosity and we try everything in front of us. My 2 year old nephew reminds me of this every time that I see him.
As we get older, we become desensitized and lose some of that curiosity for life. This is normal and expected. As we get on with our careers and lives, we fall into patterns and routines.
Yet the magic of life is in growing, trying new things and exploring. This is what keeps the world fresh and our lives rich. Remembering certain inalienable truths can help you tap into that childhood wonder and start exploring again.
1 – Trust in the Safety Net of Life
If you’re going to embark on a new adventure, you’ll have to trust that everything will work out in your favor.
We’re hard-wired to survive, so any time we start thinking about a new adventure, our minds will drift off to worst-case scenarios. We imagine our car will break down along the way, or that we’ll get robbed and be stranded in the middle of nowhere. Yes, these are possibilities (and I don’t wish them on anyone), but you could also be electrocuted by your computer or smart device while reading this post.
Worst case scenarios shouldn’t stop you from doing the things you want to do. I’ve slept on the streets of New York and benches in Mississippi, walked alone on rough beaches that locals warn tourists about – and I’m still alive.
I’m not saying go and do reckless things for the sake of being reckless. I’m saying be willing to explore. The world works in mysterious ways. I’ve been on many adventures where the world has taken care of me. Learn to trust in the world and not listen to those worst-case disaster scenarios, for they rarely happen.
2 – Follow Your Curiosity
If you’re going to explore, do it for yourself. I’ve travelled to many places around the world and I have found that travelling by myself or in a pair is the most ideal format. The larger the group, the more you compromise on the things you want to do.
Travelling solo is not for everyone, but it does present opportunities to make friends along the way. It’s also the best way to ensure you do what you want, because the only person you have to report back to is yourself.
A two-person format allows you to do the things you want to do without having to make too many concessions. Normally when you buddy up, you tend to partner with someone who is like-minded, so you end up doing things you both enjoy.
Following your intuition is essential to experiencing the things your mind is craving. This is how you grow and identify the aspects of your life that will add meaning or significance.
What’s that old saying? If you’re not living, you’re dying. Stop dying and start living. Your mind is innately curious and always has new ideas for things to try. The more you follow your curiosity, the more zeal you’ll get out of life.
3 – Be Willing to Hit a Dead End
One thing that holds us back from trying new things is the idea of “not liking it”. Well that’s the whole point of trying something new. You won’t know whether you like it or not until you do it.
You have to be willing to hit dead ends. Sometimes you’ll try something and realize it’s not for you. But you find some of the most fulfilling moments when you reach these dead ends. Moments that paint a clear picture of what you do like, strengthening your conviction for what you should do next.
Your willingness to hit dead ends will only exacerbate the process of you finding things that you enjoy.
So get out there and be a little more daring and adventurous in your day to day life, because you never know where that may lead you.
Here to encourage you,