"𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵, 𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘵𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘦𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘯𝘦𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦."
― Eleanor Roosevelt
Being adventurous can be beneficial, according to Dr. Bianca Wittmann, Ph.D., of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Behavior, the University of Marburg, and Justus Liebig University Giessen in Germany. A study published in the journal Neuron stated that adventurous behaviors, whether physical or mental, make us feel good because it fires up the same brain regions as getting a reward. As such, it motivates some people to try new things, even though they may be challenging at first.
The result is that these people become more :
Life is supposed to be a series of adventures. We're all supposed to be explorers, pioneers, and treasure hunters of the soul, just like Abraham in the Bible.
"𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘺 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘈𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘩𝘢𝘮 𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘪𝘮 𝘢𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦. 𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨." Hebrews 11:8 (NLT)
In essence, successful lives grow out of successful adventures. While a ship in port is safe, it is not what ships are intended for. Similarly, we are designed to experience life outside our comfort zones and be enriched and grow, especially during rough seasons.
And like all true adventures, we do not know the ending. Our future, as it is, is open-ended. We do not yet know the rest of our own story. That's the beauty of it.
So, perhaps we can begin to label our challenges as adventures from which life lessons can be drawn and enjoy the ride!
"𝘈𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥. 𝘈𝘯 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘭𝘺 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥."
― G.K. Chesterton
"𝘜𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘭 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶'𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘧."
― Roy T. Bennett "
"𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘵 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘺, 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦. 𝘓𝘦𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦, 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨." James 1:2-4
Fred Tokè aka Dr. Tokèmon