In December of last year I wrote about my experience zip-lining in St. Lucia and how facing my fear of heights had opened me up to new experiences, gave me confidence, and allowed me to look back on the trip with no regrets. Several months later, I’m realizing the impact that decision to put my fears aside and jump into a new adventure has made on my life.
A month after the cruise I started a home yoga practice and began surfing the web for yoga products and advice. Since everything we search for and browse on the internet is carefully curated, filtered and sent to marketers, I began to get Facebook and Google ads for yoga-inspired products and one really caught my attention. The ad was for a mindful triathlon – a 5k run, 75 minutes of yoga, and 30 minutes of meditation – organized by a company called Wanderlust and there was an event coming up in Atlanta on April 9.
I sometimes tend to avoid large events because finding a parking space and dealing with crowds can stress me out, but I was determined not to let that stop me from enjoying what looked like a transformational experience. I texted a good friend who I knew would be up for an adventure and she was totally on board. I immediately bought my ticket and told myself that I would go no matter what happened.
Step out of your comfort zone.
There was a time before my zip-lining triumph that I might have passed over this opportunity, but one adventure leads to another and soon you find yourself seeking out new ways to stretch out of your comfort zone. I’m SO glad I did! We had an absolutely amazing time!!! I ran my first 5k, met new friends, deepened a current friendship, explored a part of Atlanta I had never seen before, logged 25,000+ steps on my Fitbit, gained a new perspective on life, and found some inner peace. A bargain for the low cost of $49 and a 1/4 tank of gas!
While the benefits I received above may not be the same for every adventure, there are plenty of important reasons to seek out your own adventure.
Here are 3 more reasons to add a little adventure to your life:
Improve your mental and physical well-being.
Instead of hitting the store for some retail therapy (which believe me is high on my list of “therapies”), hit the trails for some outdoor adventure. Recent studies have shown a statistical connection between improved health and happiness and time spent outside. Health benefits of connecting with nature can include reduced stress, lower blood pressure, less anxiety and mental fatigue, and increased happiness.
Get rid of boredom.
How many of us get trapped in the same day-to-day routine and are just generally bored with our lives? We go to work, eat at the same restaurants, shop at the same stores, and drive home from work on the same roads every day. Many of us are dreaming of our next big vacation, but we can find small, local adventures to add a little spice to our lives on a weekly basis. Have an adventure in your own town by exploring a museum, browsing a local used bookstore, or visiting that little coffee bar you’ve always wanted to try. Find a new route home, shop for produce at a farmer’s market, or buy flowers from a roadside stand. Do something different and see how much more fun everyday life can be!
Deepen personal relationships.
Stepping out of the mundane and into the adventurous can be bring us closer together. According to a study in Psychological Science, experiences are amplified when shared with another person and that shared experiences are more enjoyable. So grab your friends, family, or significant other and find a positive experience to share together.