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Adventure

“You’ve got to leave a little room in everything you do for an adventure to happen.”
Dave Pensado

I love the word adventure. It’s a word pregnant with meaning, an active word suggesting risk, daring and of course, discovery. Adventures are, by their very nature, exciting stories just waiting to be told.

The word adventure comes from a Latin root which means “about to happen;”the same root from which we get the word Advent, the season of waiting that comes before Christmas.

We tend to think of adventure as something that happens out there, going up a mountain, at the end of a long road or on a lonely hike. But, I also like to think there are plenty of adventures available to us in our everyday lives, at work, at home or within a few miles of where we live.

The spirit of adventure is found the desire to try new things, take unfamiliar paths, bring a little risk and appetite for the unknown into our routines. Adventure is as much a state mind as anything else.

Having a solid workflow, a reliable way of doing things, an efficient set of practices is good. It makes life smoother and less stressful. But, it can also get stale pretty fast.

Being adventurous is a bit like being willing to improvise, to ask ourselves, what if we try something different here, maybe mix the elements or ingredients in a different way, or walk down a road we’ve never explored before?

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  • James - 7th August 2014

    As someone who is a work slave I feel envious of those who have their chance to go an take Adventures regularly. My small adventures are only with in a 50 mile radius of my home and that doesn’t bother me, what bothers me is that out of 365 days of the year, only about 10 of them are days where there is no work, where I can venture out and see life.
    All sounds very depressing but I do hold on to hope that in a decade or so life will ease. I have so many things planned for my future.

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