I’m certain the desire for adventure has been rooted deeply within me since childhood. This, coming from a person who equally craves a sense of safety and security! While the two may seem incompatible, in my experience they are not.
I liken adventure to how your tastebuds come alive as you take the first bite of your favorite spicy dish! Or the rush felt throughout your body upon inhaling cool, crisp mountain air. Adventure brings your senses to attention and moves you from mere existence to a state of thriving!
My favorite definition of adventure is “an exciting or remarkable experience,” though traditionally the definition includes an element of risk or danger. I suppose it wouldn’t be much of an adventure without some level of risk, but physical danger is optional! At a minimum, it must be something that takes you out of your comfort zone.
I suspect most people have some sense of adventure, the degree of which lies on a continuum between slight and extreme. I have met a few people that seem to not have an adventurous bone in their body. Hard for me to grasp, but I’ll leave it at live and let live.
There is a DRD4-7R gene that has been associated with a love for travel and new experiences. It has been nicknamed the “wanderlust” gene, and it impacts dopamine levels, thus tolerance for risk-taking. Not sure I have that gene since I have many contradictory personality traits!
Adventure has many faces. What does it mean to you? Travel, skydiving, kayaking, surfing, hiking, learning a new language, starting a business, writing a book, spending time with your grandchildren? All the above qualify as adventure in my book, especially spending time with small children since their sense of enthusiasm, awe and adventure has not yet been eroded by other influences.
My latest adventure was a trip to Moab, Utah and parts of Southwestern Colorado. I can identify multiple aspects of the journey that were adventurous for me:
Those like-minded souls are surely familiar with the benefits of incorporating adventure into one’s life. For those in the “not so much” camp, consider some of the ways adding a little adventure to your life may be beneficial:
I’m intrigued by many facets of adventure, but did you know Adventure Travel is a growing market among seniors? Active Retirees Seek Adventure Travel is an interesting article on the subject. Also, I enjoyed reading 9 Best Senior Travel Groups to Join for an Epic Adventure. It has some great suggestions for groups you may want to join if you are looking for exciting travel opportunities that promote personal growth.
As to travel experiences, many people have limited options due to finances, physical challenges, single status, confinement to a nursing facility, or other reasons. The following resources may be helpful in such situations:
If some form of adventure is not currently part of your life, I hope this post serves to inspire you. I challenge each reader to give thought to how you’re feeling these days and how you’re spending your time. Are you bored? Feel stuck in a rut? Do you wake up excited to meet the day? Do you have anything to look forward to?
Next, put pen to paper and list 3 adventures you’d like to pursue. Each choice should make you smile on the inside! Then add a statement of intention for each that includes a reasonable timeline. Finally, get busy planning and filling in the details, always keeping the end in mind.
For seniors actively engaged in adventure, take a minute to evaluate and prioritize any desired adventures yet to be experienced. What, if anything, is holding you back? Work through any obstacles and get busy planning!
Travel and writing are currently at the forefront of my adventures. But as you consider yours, remember there are no limitations other than your choices should take you out of your comfort zone. Now is always the best time, so get busy spicing up your life!
Do you think it’s important to experience adventure as we age? What is your favorite type of adventure? How has it benefited or enhanced your life?