Adventure or Nothing

Adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may also be an undertaking that is bold, risky, and has an uncertain outcome. When I think of an adventure, I get excited. It is something new and fun. And the fact that there will be unexpected surprises along the way, just adds to the excitement.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all,” by Helen Keller. If ever a human personified a life of adventure, it was Helen Keller. Despite going blind and deaf at 19 months old, Helen graduated from Radcliffe College, wrote several books, speeches, and essays, traveled to 35 countries, and met with world leaders. And, she accomplished all of this during a time period when most people with disabilities were relegated to a life of mediocrity. Let’s be honest, most people without disabilities never dare to dream of a life filled with as much adventure.

What if we looked at our life as an adventure? How would we approach living our life differently? What risks would we be willing to take? Instead of fearing the unknown, what if we saw the challenges that occasionally arise in our life as part of the adventure; how would we react differently when these things occur?

As Helen Keller so eloquently stated, if we are not willing to live our life to the absolute fullest, then our life is empty and meaningless, it is nothing. We have to choose: adventure or nothing. I choose adventure!


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