BEEP BEEP BEEP, you slowly turn in your bed as your alarm screams – 8:30a.m. – time to workout. After your typical 1-mile on the treadmill, 10 squats, 10 bicep curls, and 5-minute abs routine, you go home and make breakfast. You eat two eggs, scrambled, like you do every morning, with just a pinch of cheese. You go about your day, scheduled. You schedule time for class, homework, club meetings, and job applications. You schedule time for friends. You know at 4:15 you can look on Instagram/Facebook and from 4:30-5:00 you can shower. You even schedule time to make your schedule for the following day. Soon it’s your scheduled time to watch 30 min of mindless Netflix and go to bed to then wake up and do the same thing the following day.
If you didn't catch on, I just described my day everyday. Sounds a little nuts right?
I constantly tell myself if I just follow my schedule I'll get everything done and I'll reach my goals, dreams, aspirations... But let's have a reality check...
We can strive our whole life for the things that make us happy, constantly searching and planning, but never attaining that goal. Sometimes I am so focused on a goal that is so far away, I never enjoy the process of getting there. And if I do achieve it, it's never enough.
Author and life coach, Tony Ribbons said, “success without fulfillment is the ultimate failure.”
So what makes you feel fulfilled? What gives you fulfillment right now? Planning for fulfillment doesn’t cut it. How can you be happy, fulfilled, satisfied, right now, at this very moment?
I believe if you treat life as an adventure, you will always be fulfilled! It’s up to you to make your life amazing! Your attitude and aware personality can make you find fulfillment in any situation. So if there is something that is holding you back from satisfaction, remove it. If there is something you do that you don’t like, change it. What is holding you back from living your greatest adventure?
I believe adventures aren't a change in location,
but a change in mindset.
So think about what makes you truly happy. What is one thing you can do every single day to get you one step closer to living your best life - an adventurous life?
I asked my friends what is one thing they try to do everyday just for them, not their schedule. Here are their responses:
Going on a walk
Running, cycling, or working out
Talking to family on the phone
Playing with a dog
Doodling, painting nails
Riding in the car listening to music
Playing basketball, swimming
Eating your favorite foods
Napping, meditation, showering
Hanging with friends, maybe add a glass of wine in the mix
So I’m challenging you to do something today that makes you feel alive. To be a kid again, to laugh, to play so hard that your stomach hurts! Then take it all in! At the end of the day, the relationships with your friends and family and the moments that you share, is what you’ll take with you and pass on to those you love. It’s not your scheduled plans – it’s your adventures, your adventures you experience everyday. So look up, open your eyes and soak in all that is this world – you’d be surprised how many adventures you experience on a daily basis.