Step 1: Let go of your need for certainty and control.
Congratulations you are now on an adventure!
I could probably stop here and this would be the shortest CBC blog post ever. Let’s be honest many readers have already clicked away to Buzzfeed’s most recent “10 ways you know you’re awesome!” post so they can be validated in their current state of whatever the hell they are doing right now.
To the rest of you, thanks for sticking around longer than a few sentences. Let’s talk about adventure!
Merriam Webster defines adventure as:
1) a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks
b : the encountering of risks <the spirit of adventure>
I really like this definition. I especially like how it defines an adventure as an undertaking that involves unknown risks.
Really, is a known risk that much of an adventure? I don’t think so. I think stepping into a known risk is a form of daredevilry and can contain the spirit of adventure, but it is not an adventure in itself. Jumping out of a plane and skydiving is stepping into a known risk. It is adventurous, brave, and exhilarating, but I do not think it is an adventure.
I believe life is our greatest adventure, and I think too many of us are afraid to go on an adventure, and we thereby let our life slip away in comfortable mediocrity.
I was speaking with a good friend of mine over a nice American beer a couple of summers ago and we were talking about life and adventure. This was the summer right after we had both graduated from college. My friend stated that he had recognized a trend in speaking to many other recent grads. That trend was, everyone seemed to dream of going out into the unknown and having an adventurous life, but they were always held back by thoughts of security, safety, and “common-sense” societal norms.
Now let me clarify I am not condoning that everyone who reads this immediately quits their job sells everything and moves to the middle of nowhere to have an adventure. If that is what your heart is inspired to and where you feel God is calling you then wonderful, do that! However I would like to discuss living an adventurous life, not necessarily seeking out an adventurous destination.
The biggest thing my friend realized is, people want to have adventure in their life, but they also want to be comfortable. Unfortunately, THOSE TWO THINGS DO NOT MIX!
I believe the amount of media we consume that is ordered toward adventure is a revealing fact about our desire for both adventure and for comfort simultaneously. In a video game or a movie we can enter into the spirit of adventure from the comfort of our home. Yet it is not a real adventure. It is an illusion.
You can live an adventurous life staying where you are but you just need to change your perspective a bit. The biggest thing you need to change is letting go of fear and letting go of comfort!
Stop being afraid you aren’t qualified for that job you want to apply for but you think you’ll never get. Apply anyway!
Stop being afraid that your dream to own your own business will never happen. Start taking steps to build that business how you can now.
Stop being afraid of rejection and just talk to that person you really like already!
Stop being afraid to let someone into your life or to be let into their life. Just encounter that person!
Our very own Therese Aaker has a wonderful blog post on dating over at the Focus blog here, so I won’t talk about the adventure of dating more in this post. Perhaps another time though.
Stop being afraid... (Insert your example here)
You see, the biggest thing that holds us back from living adventurously is not the inability to afford the plane ticket to go do mission work in China. The biggest thing holding us back from an adventurous life is our attachment to comfort, safety and security.
When we renounce our idolatry to comfort and security in favor of faith and hope in God, we will be beginning the adventure of life.
Here is the quote section of the blog:
"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?... ...But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well." - Matthew 6:25,33
“The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness” - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
So with all of that being said. Live adventurously today. Tonight, when you pray, surrender yourself to God and ask him to guide you. Then tomorrow go out and act, live, and choose in freedom, trusting in God and not counting comfort or security first. That is how you can live adventure every day. There is no telling where God will lead, but you must be detached to allow that possibility.