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Fall in Love with Adventure

We may not realise it, or maybe we just don’t like to think about it, but our world likes to focus on always striving for more power, money, and validation from others. One of the concepts that gets lost amongst all this noise is the concept of self-love; it often takes a backseat to seeking external love. Many of us find ourselves trapped in a cycle of wanting approval, constantly comparing ourselves to unattainable and unrealistic standards, and neglecting the most crucial relationship there is in our lives – the one with ourselves. What if I told you the key to achieving true self-love lies not in material possessions or validation, but in the embrace of adventure?

Adventure doesn’t have to be about climbing massive mountains or going on big international trips to exotic locations, it’s more about achieving a mindset and a way of life that encourages us to step outside our comfort zones, challenge ourselves, and discover the beauty of both the world and ourselves. Once we start working towards that mindset and lifestyle, our capacity for self-love will increase so we can live a more positive life filled with appreciation for ourselves. Here’s why developing a love for adventure goes hand in hand with creating a love for ourselves and our lives:

Growth outside your comfort zone

Sometimes it can be a bit scary to hear and accept, but true growth lies beyond the borders of our comfort zones. When we embrace adventure, we gradually learn to welcome the unknown with open arms, taking moments of uncertainty or nervousness as an opportunity for growth rather than a source of fear.

There are plenty of great ways to take both small steps and big leaps outside of our comfort zone. You can try a new activity, maybe you’ve had your eye on an active, creative, or volunteering club that seems like a ton of fun but you’re too nervous to join. If hiking is your thing, why not try exploring an unfamiliar location or trying a different kind of terrain? Each step outside our comfort zone strengthens our resilience, builds confidence, and creates a deeper sense of self-awareness.

Connect with others to connect with yourself

Adventure has a way of bringing people together. The friendships created on adventures have this incredible ability to overcome the boundaries of age, gender, and background. Trust me, I see it firsthand on the trail all the time. Whether it’s sharing laughs around a campfire, conquering difficult sections of a hike as a team, or simply enjoying the beauty of a sunrise together, the shared experiences of adventure can create lasting memories and deepen friendships both new and old. In a world where our busyness and stress leave us little time for anything more than superficial connections, genuine human connection is a rare treasure. Adventure provides the perfect environment for fostering meaningful relationships built on trust, respect, and mutual support that all come from getting each other through challenging adventure moments.

Less conformity, more freedom

To put it simply and a bit sadly, our world loves conformity. The growing presence of brands and social media in our lives have continually given us the message that, to be happy, we need to have the same stuff and do the same things as everyone else. Heaven forbid we stand out or express ourselves! Adventure offers us the opportunity to break free from societal expectations and embrace our true selves, or even discover who that ‘true self’ is in the first place; it’s not uncommon to be unsure.

When we attempt to try new experiences and push the boundaries of what we think we can do, we learn to celebrate our uniqueness and appreciate both our strengths and weaknesses. Each adventure becomes a step on the journey of self-discovery and appreciation, allowing us to find hidden talents, passions, and desires that may have been buried beneath all the layers of conformity that we’ve built up over our lives.

Nature loves us too!

In our increasingly tech-focused and tech-saturated world, the healing powers of nature are often overlooked or completely forgotten. Yet, loads of studies have shown that spending time outdoors has a vast array of benefits for both our physical and mental wellbeing. Physically, it can get us fresh air, improve cardiovascular health, and provide us with some awesome Vitamin D. Mentally, it can reduce stress and anxiety, boost creativity, and improve cognitive function. To put it simply, immersing ourselves in nature rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul. By embracing adventure, we not only reconnect with the natural world but also with ourselves, finding healing properties in nature that improve our ability to love ourselves.

Expand your horizons and appreciate the world

Another thing that can be daunting to think about: the sheer vastness and diversity that is out there waiting to be explored. But it doesn’t have to be daunting, I like to think of it as exciting! Through adventure, we have the opportunity to expand our horizons (metaphorically and literally), immerse ourselves in different cultures, and gain new perspectives on life. Whether it’s hiking along the Kumano Kodo trail in Japan, gazing out upon the Sahara Desert at sunset in Morocco, or swimming in crystal waters at Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, each new adventure opens our eyes to another wonder of the world. Who can’t gain some appreciation and gratitude for the world around us after something like that?

Falling in love with adventure is not just about seeking thrills or ticking items off a bucket list. It’s about developing and embracing a mindset of exploration, curiosity, and self-discovery. It may be a bit scary to explore outside our comfort zones and accept the possibility (or probability) of failure, but by stepping outside our comfort zones, connecting with nature, and expanding our horizons, we can cultivate a deep sense of self-love and appreciation for life. So, let’s cast aside our fears, embrace the exciting mystery of the unknown, and embark on one of the most important adventures – the journey to self-discovery and self-love.


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