Alyssa has been one of my best friends from childhood. She and I are cousins born just 9 months apart. We used to ride the bus together and play games after school. We talked about boys and even went to the same college. Alyssa, while younger than me, was always the brave one of the two of us. She would fling herself off of the high dive while I took 20 minutes deciding if I even wanted to climb the stairs. She has always been this way.
So, it was no surprise to me that she ended up being the first of the two of us to move away from Ohio, and by doing so, she became the truest form of herself that I have ever seen. She followed her adventurous heart to Park City, Utah where she is surrounded by mountains to hike and ski, National Parks to explore, and so many new people to meet. I am constantly in awe when I see her posts on Instagram of how much fun this girl can fit into one day. It makes me want to get off my phone and get outside and do ANYTHING! So, I asked Alyssa to share her secrets on living an adventurous life with all of us here at #WoWaWild in hopes that we will all do just that – live life adventurously.
#WoWaWild // What is adventure to you Alyssa?
You know that feeling you get before you take off for a vacation, when you’re on your way to try something new, or when you are impatiently waiting for an experience you have been counting down the days for? That’s the feeling that an adventure creates. Your heart beats a little faster; your face a little brighter; your hops a little higher; your smile a little wider. If you aren’t waking up excited for each day, then you are due to add some adventure!
As defined, Adventure: (noun) an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. (verb) engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of the unknown territory. I believe that by using adventure in our day to day lives, we can all live a brighter, fuller life.
Now, I am not necessarily encouraging jumping straight into “hazardous situations” to spice up your life, but what I am encouraging is a cautious kind of hazardous, with a planned out, dialed, mindful kind of adventure. Something that pushes you just outside of your comfort zone, even just a little bit.
#WoWaWild // You are one of the most adventurous people I know, how did you get to this headspace?
It may be my line of work, my genetics, or maybe from my own personal growth from life experiences, but my viewpoint is that there is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t make the most of every day. I have heard far too many of the “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve” stories, and I’m constantly reminded to use my energy NOW to do as much as I can, while I can.
Someone once explained to me: In the beginning of your life, you have time and energy, but no money. In the middle of your life, you have energy and money, but no time. And at the end of your life, you have time and money, but no energy. This just shot me straight up in my chair when I first heard it! It made me realize – we all have to do something about this mentality!
#WoWaWild // I relate to that so much – life gets in the way so often! So what should we do?
Since we will never have all three in abundance at once, it’s important to not delay your adventure waiting for them to align. We do need a dash of urgency in order to get going. You never want to be that person who had all the goals, hopes and dreams, but never set out to check off your bucket list items.
So here are my suggestions:
No problem. Not every adventure has to be expensive, international, or a long excursion. You can find adventure hiking a new trail in your community, picking up a new sport/hobby, doing something that scares you, visit a nearby state/national park or checking out a new area of town you have never wandered. When you start to open yourself up to new avenues/adventures, your perspective and mindset will begin to change. You’ll start learning more about yourself and feeling more rich with experience! Life is full of adventures that don’t require money, as long as you are willing to see them as adventures!
If you think you don’t have time, then what you are probably experiencing is a lack of prioritizing and planning your time towards adventure. Often, to make time for something, you have to deem it important and worthy of your time. Permanent marker (not pencil) in time for you to go on an adventure and protect that time against other needs in your life. You have kids? Take them. You have work? Go on the weekend or even on your lunch break. Still don’t feel like you have enough time? Go on a short wander and I bet you will feel the impacts of adventure. Make it a priority and watch your quality of life rise!
Oh boy, I could write a whole book about this one, but I’ll just hit the highlights.
- First off, don’t try to do too much in one day. Start small and try to build your endurance for bigger adventures.
- Second, make sure your habits are supporting an adventurous life. Eat light meals and try to only keep healthy snacks around. Drink only water and get an adequate amount of sleep at night.
- Third, find adventure with those who give you energy. Not every adventure has to involve others, but when it does, choose those people wisely. You don’t want your energy drained by soul sucking personalities. Keep those people around that add positive energy and uplift your.
- Fourth, if you still don’t think you have the energy, then get this… I’m a firm believer that adventuring actually increases my energy due to the excitement and endorphins, just like working out. After a weekend adventure, I go to work on Monday feeling completely refueled and re-energized!
- Lastly, if you are physically drained or disabled, there are plenty of adventures that involve driving a car, sitting on a boat/train/bus/chairlift, use a wheelchair or even adaptive sports/activities. Use whatever energy you have and put it towards adding adventure to your life!
#WoWaWild // Alyssa, that is SUCH great advice. I have witnessed you live these principals first hand. Why is adventuring so important to you?
Our bodies are made to move and our minds are meant to explore. When you start to make adventuring a habit, you’ll start to crave it, become addicted, and find yourself a happier person! Life is way too short not to be happy. A large portion of happiness comes from what you do and what you surround yourself with. Seeing new places, trying new things, meeting new people, and creating new memories adds value to our lives. It also helps us figure out what we like and dislike. Makes us more well-rounded and worldly. We learn where we belong and where we feel like the best version of ourselves! We are free to be wild and wander. Get going, there is no time to waste! My goal is to be HEALTHY in order to add YEARS to my life but to also be ADVENTUROUS to add LIFE to my years!
Be adventurous and explore this world. Adventure will add value to your life, which will result in happiness and life satisfaction!