There’s a reason why I will always seek adventures. Why I will always wander, and never settle in one spot or have a regular routine for too long. Recently I was in an email exchange with my Mother, discussing our upcoming plans. She sent me a picture that she had taken of a quote on the wall of the British Museum. It said:
“Follow your heart while you’re alive,
Put perfume on your head,
Clothe yourself with fine linen…
Make holiday and don’t tire of it!”
- Harpist’s song, about 1400 BC
I immediately looked up the source and discovered that the text is from Ancient Egypt; inscribed in tombs. Throughout recorded history people have been thinking and saying the same thing. We all want to follow our true north.
This essential message is about relishing life, to go and do all the things you want to do. To put your freedom and happiness to practice. And to clarify, the “perfume on your head” line relates to act of celebrating - in Ancient Egypt guests of celebrations would have oil placed on their heads upon their arrival. This can be anything. Finally going to that art gallery or museum in your own city. Deciding to walk through places you just drive past in your daily commute. A weekend away. Ever notice the weekend feels longer than usual?
Then there’s the bigger decisions. A gap year. A sabbatical. A working holiday. Or living somewhere completely different to what you’re used to.
There's the excitement that comes with new experiences. We learn from the environment and the new people we meet. We open ourselves up to greater awareness, understanding, empathy and perspective about the world and life.
New experiences also means embracing then unknown. We are all hardwired to learn, understand and form beliefs and values from our past. It's when we're not open that we set ourselves up for failure.
There's the people who say, “I don’t have the time” or “I don’t have the money”. And there's the people who make new experiences a priority. Those who won’t let excuses stand in their way and will find clever ways to fulfil their adventurous spirit. Yes, not all of us have the privilege and opportunity. I am aware of that. I am also aware that a heck of a lot of us do.
If you had a spare hour or two, what would you do with it? Could you carve out 60 minutes of your time for your enjoyment, no matter how busy you are? How can you make a regular weekend into something different and new? What about every other weekend of the year?
And where can adventure take you in life?
Am I getting too deep? Hell no.
I’m down for adventure. I look forward to sharing more of those experiences with you. And of course, hearing about yours.
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