Let’s kick off this week with some great inspirational articles. Because sometimes you just need someone to show you how it’s done. And because adventures are fun, be they big or small, long or short, all good. As long as they bring you a new experience and help you grow as a person. So check these out! Most of them are short-reads, so be sure to read them!
5 articles that inspire you to be adventurous
Ever feel like time is flying by super fast? Maybe it’s because you don’t have enough adventure in your life. Or better said, you could possibly slow down time by going on new adventures, however big or small (well, that is, in your head, no time machine yet)! This article on the Huffington Post provides you with some more reasons to embrace adventure in your life.
In a bit of a lazy mood? Ok, let’s start on your couch. Watch these movies for full-blown adventure inspiration. But we’re talking major adventures here. So let’s say that a big boost of inspiration most likely will lead to you doing something adventurous in your life, then this is a good first start. Tips for movies that make you want to go on adventures are listed in this article on Hello Giggles.
But you know what, in order to enjoy new adventures, you don’t need to head out far. You could try one of these 50 ways to have an adventure without leaving town, by the Laughing Medusa. Great inspiration, if you ask me.
Or you could, of course, go on a really big adventure by booking a trip to a distant place and be wow-ed by all the amazing things this world has to offer. If you do have the possibility and feel the urge to take on a very big adventure, why not do it asap? Look at the stunning examples in this article on the Huffington Post.
But then again, don’t forget to look at what you already have in life, to see the adventures you are already living. It’s important not to overlook the efforts you might have already put into making your life YOUR life. Then be sure to check out this great piece by the Self Help Hipster – Because my life is dope and I do dope shit. You betcha!
Do you have any articles, movies, music, that inspire you to be adventurous? Please do share!
As much as we love to plan almost everything, and know exactly what it is that we can expect in life, the element of surprise should be cherished more, even if the surprise isn’t always beautiful in and of itself.
Inspired by two documentaries, one about the power of technology and silicon valley moguls, the other an interview with Ricardo Semler about the importance of wisdom, I started to see the value of surprise again, or more specifically, the way surprise is becoming so under-valued in todays’ world. In a small sense, such as what movie to watch or what food to eat, but also in a bigger sense, such as when you will meet the one, have a baby (duh), or when you breathe your last breath. With technology, we try to predict as much as possible and map human behavior, health and interaction. From my point of view, this is a dangerous development. Humans are not only defined by what they have already done or how they behave in general. The uniqueness comes from our ability to make sudden changes, to come up with unexpected behavior, and to see the beauty in surprises. Some examples to further illustrate this:
Last year, an article appeared on Quarterlife Adventures named: Why sometimes it is just not the time to follow your passion – yet. A post about the need to let your passion and dreams grow and develop, to not forget that the security of a roof above your head and food on the table are generally important for you to feel good, so not to worry when you know what your dreams are, but are not living them out to the max. Today, almost a year later, here’s a sequel – When it’s time, GO. Put aside all your doubts and fears and go chase ‘em! As a reminder to myself (not an easy task, to be honest the facial expression on the image above is the one I exhibit when trying to find the courage… Excuses, excuses), and also to you. Your dreams aren’t here to be put in the fridge endlessly. Or to never be lived out at all. How sad would that be? Accept your dreams as the adventures they are and go for it! Because…
The path is muddy, a carpet of leaves. Our feet one in front of the other. Our shoulders barely touching. Still two but soon to be three we parade through the rain.
It’s cold and it’s winter. Hands pulled into our jackets as far as possible. I defy the cold and reach for his hand. He squeezes it. Looks to his left and smiles before searching for the warmth of his coat again. A blue leather coat. A mid winter walk. So much is going to change. Not possible to know what to expect.
I dozed off for a moment on the train from Berlin to Amsterdam. Finally, some rest after getting up so early. But then a commotion starts around the seats in front of me. Fully awake again.
“But sir, this is no good ticket. You cannot go to Dutchland with this ticket.”
“But it says whole Niedersaksen, so I can go to the border?”
“No no, no good for IC train. You must buy new ticket now, for two of you.”
My curiosity is strong, so I continue to follow the whole ordeal. The man with the wrong trainticket, and his companion who is in fact still half asleep, have a Middle-Eastern look. The English is good, though not fluent. Still way better than the language skills of the German ticket inspector. The men seem to travel with one large sportsbag each. On their way from Germany to a small city in the Netherlands. Maybe visiting relatives? A new trainticket is bought, but only up until the German border. The ticket inspector is not allowed to give out a ticket for the Netherlands, so tells the men to get off at Bad-Bentheim and buy another ticket at the station, to continue their journey to ‘Dutchland’. The inspector wishes the men a good day, and continues checking tickets. The man with the now valid ticket laughs quietly. I assume he mumbles something about the faires being crazy high, because they are. Suddenly his face appears between the two seats, he is looking me straight into my eyes.
This is kind of a joke coming from someone who lived in Berlin only in the winters of 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. Yes, survive winter in Berlin, easy. The warmest in a lot of decades. I expected a lot worse when I moved here. Losing toes and fingers to frostbite from november to march, was the prognosis. A shopping list with winter essentials was offered to me by colleagues when my first winter here approached. Buy snowboots for sure, an extra thick coat and possibly a wearable heater (just joking). Up until now I didn’t even have to buy a new coat. Now I don’t want to cheer too quickly or start praising the weather gods, but as a pregnant woman I seem to have my own extra heating, so fear not the months to come.
Because this TED talk made me so excited that I told my whole office about it in awe. This is how we should keep on sparking creativity.
Is there an unwritten rule somewhere that tells us humans to stop promoting imagination and creativity somewhere around the age of 16? Or maybe earlier? Is there a moment in life where we expect people to be grown ups, meaning to stop using imagination and start acting just ‘normal’. To fit in and stop expecting miracles to happen, secret doors to open, whales to become our pets? Because I intent to find that moment, and fight it. In retrospect for myself, but mostly for generations to come. Imagination and creativity are essential parts that make us human, I believe. They enrich our lives and broaden our horizons. They are a gift that should be cherished instead of demolished. So please, take a moment to listen to this TED talk. If you’ve only got a couple of minutes I suggest you start at 11:50. Make sure to keep on watching until the end.
So, what about you and your creativity? Did this TED talk inspire you as much as it inspired me?
Today I have a confession to make. It will probably make you think less of me. But I’ll take that risk. It just feels good to let it all out…
I never got my driver license.
OMG say what now?! You immature thing.
My parents didn’t promote it (although dad, sorry but me not smoking until I was 18 should have landed me those paid driving lessons right?!), and I never felt the need. Being such a city kinda gal it never seemed necessary to own a car, let alone drive one. First of all, where to park the damn thing? Second; I’m Dutch, duh, I take my bike to go places. Third, to make my point even clearer; money, you guys. Owning a car can get pretty expensive. Oh and last but not least, I’ve had the luxury of having my own chauffeur, thank you boyfriend for driving me around for the first 3 years we were together, and I’m still sorry you had to send the car to the graveyard…And I’ll forgive you for not buying a new one… Continue Reading
I know you have felt this at least once in your life. Everyone has. Being so impressed by a persons’ stories or work, that you’re scared of meeting them in real life, of talking to them. You want to go up to the person, say some nice words, maybe even ask a question, but the words just don’t come out of your mouth.So you just stand there looking foolish. Now what? You ask yourself: why?!
Guys, let me tell you this, I recently turned 26 years old and think I have discovered the holy grail. The solution to this problem that keeps us from having meaningful interactions with people we admire. Get ready for this (and bow down bitches and stuff, because this might truly be life-changing, you can thank me later, or immediately just below this post. You know the drill):
Maybe they have a cat
It’s all you need to relax those vocal chords for a real conversation, promise. They might have a cat. What would it be named? Would they pet him coming home after a long days work? Will the cat wake them up every day? How would the cat make them feel? You don’t even need to be a cat-lady to make this work for you. The key to this story is: we are all human (I’ve wrote about that before, yes) and we all go home (at least, hopefully we do sometimes) and lay our limbs to rest on the couch. And preferably, with something cute to cuddle. Ah yes, that’s where that cat comes in. That visualisation makes all your idols suddenly human, now doesn’t it? Guess what, that’s because they are.
Have a great day and kick some ass!
Real humans. Sometimes I feel it is difficult to find them. Surrounded by aggressive media-outlets. By websites pushing the latest fashion statements and beauty products. Business stories about the extremely succesfull, or the extremely loud. Newspapers spreading only the ‘worthy’ stories. Is that what we are? Always bombarded from the outside. What about inside? How to give meaning to life? What is the meaning of life? Is there?