Have you ever felt adventurous or thought about doing something differently in life? Are you thrilled or frightened by the prospects of doing something unknown or being in situations of uncertainty?

A friend recently described moving to San Francisco right out of high school. He knew no one, had very little money and no job. In those first few weeks, he would job search in the mornings, and in the afternoon, he would hop on to the BART and take any train out to the very last stop. He walked around wherever he landed, exploring new neighborhoods, and getting a better sense of his new home. He says about that time, “It sounds like it might have been depressing, but it wasn’t. It felt like an adventure.

If we define adventure as an epic quest, it can feel out of reach in our day to day. If, instead, we see it as any situation we put ourselves in where we don’t know what’s going to happen, it suddenly becomes accessible.

Novelty, especially when combined with curiosity and persistence, is the ultimate antidote to the daily grind. Novelty-seeking is one of the traits that keeps you healthy and happy and fosters mental growth as you age.

Remember this simple piece of wisdom – Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.

Peace and Love, Jim

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