It’s time to take two steps to adventure. It’s time to go explore places and things and experiences you’ve always wanted to try. There’s an old story of a warrior who travelled across the sea to fight a foreign enemy. When his ships landed on the beach, he gave the order to burn them. His soldiers were confused – why burn their only way home? So they would have no outs. They were committed to the experience they were about to have. They would win, or they would die, but they would not go back.
I’m not suggesting you light your car on fire or commit arson, but I am suggesting you start asking yourself some tough questions and then making some real commitments. Life is too short to not be who you really are and not to try for the experiences you really want to live.
As Dr. Seuss said, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
I can imagine the first viewers of Dr. Seuss’s art and rhymes weren’t immediately mesmerized. There was nothing else out there quite like his surrealist, colorful books of poetic art. But he was himself and he made his art anyway.
How about Ray Troll? Not sure who he is? Does this ring any bells?
At my conference in Ketchikan last week, we got to hear a presentation from Mr. Troll and it was pretty cool to see this Ketchikan, Alaska artist doing his art, living his passion and making a living from it. I really appreciate people who do what they love and make a living in a unique way.
Both Mr. Troll and Dr. Seuss have their own unique style, both are unlike any others. Which means they were first at what they did. Which also means it took conviction and a spirit of adventure to keep doing what they loved in the style that they believed in. It’s the only way they could live.
What do you love?
Is it art? Writing? Photography? Quilting? Ice-skating? Hogging? There’s a reality show for quite literally everything now, which means chances are good someone else shares your passion for whatever strange and unique thing makes your creativity blossom. What is your passion and how can you contribute that to the world? What adventures lie ahead for you in devoting more of your time and resources to living and being authentically you?
Here are two simple steps for seeking more adventure in your daily life – and living your unique story.
- What makes you jealous? Sounds like a funny place to start but if hearing someone talk of an experience or activity they’re doing makes you a little green with envy, you might take a moment to explore that further. Perhaps the tinge of jealousy is a little nudge from the authentic you saying, “what’s that all about?” “Why aren’t we trying that (it’s talking to you)?” “How might we try that?”
- Start Before You Think You Are Ready. Ask anyone with kids and I guarantee you the vast majority of them will tell you that they were not ready to have kids when they did. Ask your parents and I bet they’ll even tell you they weren’t ready to have you when they found out you were coming anyway. Kids are a great example of starting before you’re ready. Hopefully you’re not so unprepared you’re in trouble. But most parents find a way to make it work because once you’re on your way, that ship is burning on the shore. It’s too late to turn back. As Tim Gunn would say, it’s “Make it Work,” time. So why not try this with your adventures. If you’ve always wanted to take a trip but you’re worried to go alone, just book it. Maybe you’ll find someone to join you, maybe you won’t, but as a single woman I can tell you that for too long, I let lack of a travel partner hold me back from exploring. Until one day I wanted to go to Ireland so badly, I stopped waiting for anyone to join me, and just went anyway. I’ve since done numerous trips all around the world on my own and guess what? It’s fun and I’m still alive to tell you about it.
Try these two steps and start your own adventure. Again, it doesn’t matter if it’s big or small, pilot’s license or cooking class, it just matters that you keep exploring and trying out new passions and experiences.
Who knows? You just may discover you’re the next Dr. Seuss.