Life is but an adventure – it is not always easy to find a way to live by this adagium. These 5 thoughts to remember might help you a little along the way.
1. The hardest road might just be the most interesting one.
As Robert Frost said: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” There will be bumps in the road, you could be walking for days and not see any light. You could fear your biggest fears, but in the end, remember that the hardest road can be the most valuable, because it will help you grow.
2. You are not alone, nor the only one, nor the first.
It is estimated that 107,602,707,791 people have lived on earth (try to pronounce this number and let me know when you succeeded at it). Imagine what those people individually will have experienced. Impossible. Feeling special is fine, but don’t do so on an ivory throne. Come down and start living your adventures, because you want to. Most likely you are not the first. Nor the last. Nor the only one. Give it a go on your own terms and see what happens. This neatly leads to the next point of advice…
3. In time, no one will remember
This might sound a bit strange, in terms of being an advice. But do me a favor and try to live by this rule of thumb for one day. It will be such a relief. No one will remember those tiny things you did wrong. No one will remember your red cheeks when you were afraid to speak up but did so anyway. The clumsy stuff you did will be forgotten. Gone. So don’t worry about all other opinions out there for a while. What is it that you want, what adventures do you want to take? Then go for it. Now will be the time.
4. Let fear be your driver, not your brakes
This beautiful quote by Diane Keaton illustrates the point: (from the book ‘On Becoming Fearless’)“For too much of my life, I was too afraid, too frightened by it all. That fear is one of my biggest regrets. I wish I had put myself out there a little bit more and experienced people more instead of protecting myself.”
5. You will only regret the adventures you didn’t take
Pretty straight-forward, right? Important to remember. Regret is such a horrible thing to be confronted with later in life. Last year, the Huffington Post featured an interesting article about the most heard regrets of the dying. Now you be the judge, I believe people really regret the things they didn’t do the most. You?
What would be your most motivating thought, to start on adventures you now only dream about?