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- more readily daring, bold, or adventurous; sooner to be adventurous than otherwise; more willingly enterprising, or showing initiative
“Rather Adventuresome” is an interesting phrase isn’t it?
Short yet complete. Simple yet compelling.
To some it may invoke images of a determined captain setting his face towards the wind in the midst of a thundering rain storm as his ship rocks in the monstrous waves. For others it may be that of a warrior princess riding her horse through the woods as she’s racing towards the dungeon where her parents are being held captive. The image conjured could be of some friends backpacking through Europe and strolling through the old narrow streets of a historic town.
All of these things are great, but to me, rather adventuresome means so much more.
Being “rather adventuresome” as we say around here, has become a core part of who I am. I believe that life is the greatest adventure you have and you can choose to jump in and live it, or you can choose to sit on the sidelines and watch.
Now you may be wondering why this matters to you, and you may be thinking, “Seriously Jessica, it’s childish to think life is just a big ol’ adventure!”
Well I’m here to say that it does matter!
It matters how you live your life and it matters how you see your life.
Remember when you were younger, how you had all sorts of dreams and plans for your future? You looked ahead with hope in your heart and a spark in your eye. Where did that spark go? (For more about having vision for your life, go here!)
I know you want more for your life. You want a life that you can be proud to tell your children and grandchildren about. Instead of being caught up in a day to day existence you want to be living your dreams and living with purpose.
And THAT is why “rather adventuresome” matters to you.
So listen closely, because your life is about to change.
The Adventure Begins
It was the summer of 2014 after I graduated from high school that I went down to South Dakota to live with some family friends for a month. Among other things, I spent one week being a leader at a Bible camp, and this is where my adventure really took shape.
The speaker for the week was a grandfatherly man named John, and one theme he kept coming back to was that our life was the greatest adventure we were going to get. God gave us one life to live so we aught to make the most out of it.
That stuck with me, along with some other nuggets like “The best place to be is at the bottom of the barrel, because then the only place to look is up.” but mostly the adventure one.
After that I began to look at my life through the scope of “adventure” and you know what happened? I saw my life experiences differently.
Did you catch that?
It’s not like I suddenly turned into an adrenaline junkie or something and did extreme sports or travelling all the time to “make my life adventurous”.
My life circumstances didn’t change. My mindset did.
Looking Through the Scope of Adventure
I love the quote by William Feather that says, “One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.”
I find that so true!
That is what changed for me. Sure I still had hopes and dreams and places I wanted to go in life (I had just graduated from high school for crying out loud!) but I began to take that adventurous mindset into my every day tasks as well. That sure made life more interesting!
So tell me, do you find your job boring? Well maybe that’s because you tell yourself that your job is boring. Do you want your job to be more exciting? Then you should make it an adventure!
What does it do to someone when they look at their life as an adventure?
It makes them try to get the most out of it.
Here’s an example. You know that if you would go on a vacation (aka an adventure) you would try to make it a “good vacation”. You would put effort into going to some historical sight or visiting a natural wonder, or whatever you like, to make your trip an experience.
Because you know you are going on an adventure, you try to have an adventure. Right?
So, if you will look at your life, your marriage, your job, etc. and see it through the scope of “adventure”, wouldn’t you also try to make it an adventure? Wouldn’t you put your best foot forward and go for it, whatever “it” is?
This is what you have to do to get the most out of your life. If you realize that this life is the only adventure you’ve got, then you’ll put in the effort to make something of it.
I know this sounds great and all, but I realize you may still be wondering what it really looks like to live the “rather adventuresome” life. I’ll tell you right now that it looks different for everyone, and what is adventurous for me may not be adventurous for you. The point is making the most out of your life, wherever you are, however you can.
For me being rather adventuresome can look like:
- riding a bicycle with a hiking pack strapped onto my back to go on a simple shopping trip because I want to save a little fuel money. That way, I can do my part saving money, be “hard core”, and get a little exercise all at the same time.
- meal planning and putting effort into experimenting and creating meals that I can make simply and healthily.
- defying mediocrity and exercising diligence in every thing I do.
- initiating conversation with strangers at the grocery store.
- trying different flavours of ice cream instead of getting the same each time.
- getting out of my comfort zone and doing things that my husband finds fun even if I don’t really want to (like swimming and jumping into big waves!)
- choosing to trust in the Lord’s leading when my life is unstable and I have no idea which direction to go.
These may not sound like super daring or exciting things, but it’s not always the “thing” that is rather adventuresome, but the mindset with which that “thing” is approached. That truly is what makes the difference between a boring life and an adventurous life.
So why am I telling you all this?
Because I care about you. I love you, and I want you to be able to live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Because you were designed for a purpose and you have a destiny that is calling out to you, if only you’d open your ears to hear it and your eyes to see it.
When you were young you had big dreams and you had big vision. Has life gotten in the way of those things? Have you given up your dreams for predictability? Are you staying quiet because you don’t want to disappoint anyone? Or have you gotten stuck in the rut of doing your daily duties and forgot about the bigger picture?
Then this message is for you.
Your life is meant to be an adventure.
That doesn’t mean you need to take a cruise in the Caribbean, sky dive in Dubai, and eat fine chocolate in the Swiss Alps. Those things are awesome, and you should take the chance to do them if you can, but the true adventure starts in your mind.
You have been given so much.
You’ve been given a heart to feel, a brain to reason, a body to move, and breath to breathe, and on top of all that the Creator of the WHOLE UNIVERSE has put you on the earth. He put you here to do more than just exist. He gave you life so that you could really live!
Again, I’m telling you this because I really, truly care for you. I know you were made with a destiny in mind and you have been built with all parts needed to fulfill that destiny. So it’s time that you opened your eyes and saw the truth.
It’s time that your life became rather adventuresome.
When you begin to see your life as an adventure — you start taking it on and make an effort every day — you will be amazed at how much more purpose you have. Even through the hard times and the discouragement, you will look ahead and know there is a victory coming. Things will be different because you are different. Because your mindset is different.
And that is what living rather adventuresome is all about. It’s a mindset not a circumstance. So choose right now to live rather adventuresome and learn to see the opportunity around you,
Because that will change everything.
It changed everything for me.
It will change everything for you.
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”