Adventures: Big and small
What’s happening Tasty Dangerous crew, thanks for joining me!
Todays date is March 07th, 2019
We’re on episode #4 of the Tasty Dangerous Podcast.
I hope your day is going great, mine’s cooking up to be about a 5 course meal.
I’m pumped because today we’re talking about Adventures: Big and small.
Why does it matter? Well…. I’ll tell you. Specifically in terms of why it matters to Lifestyle Development.
But before we jump into the show… I want to say this episode was inspired by a quote from
Criss Jami, and it goes like this.
“Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
I really like how this quote says nothing about travel.
In fact it has nothing to do with travel in the physical sense at all.
However, it has everything to do with mindset and experience.
So let’s jump right in and start from the beginning.
If you look in the dictionary, when used as a noun, the definition of adventure goes like this.
“An unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.”
Notice it says typically, but not always hazardous and I have to point out… hazardous is highly subjective and means a lot of things to many different people. More on that in a moment.
Moving on, when used as a verb it sounds more like this.
“Engage in hazardous and/or exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.”
There’s a reason I wanted to share both of these definitions with you.
If you notice, they identify experience and exploration.
Nowhere in either of the definitions is there anything about traveling physically.
I’m going to touch on the importance of adventure before I go into what it is to me and how you too can find adventures in your daily life.
When you change up your routine you’re putting yourself in unknown territory and giving yourself a new experience.
At a very basic level, consider this….when is the last time you went off route while on your drive to the office.
Instead of trying to save a few minutes you go down a new route… only to discover a cool new cafe, restaurant, hang out… park, anything.
This is assuming many of those listening are at a fixed office location and have been there long enough to know the fastest and most efficient route.
Efficiency can be a good thing, but doesn’t leave much room for discovery once it’s been established.
How many times in the past month have you been on your drive to suddenly realize you’ve been on auto pilot…. just going through the motions, almost like your brain is turned off.
Realizing you drove the last few block or miles… without even really being present.
This is a real thing and happens frequently to many who have very routine activities governing their daily life.
Kinda scary scary when you think about it. People driving misses down the road with their brains disengaged.
So why is adventure important in this respect.
By switching up your routine you cause your brain to engage. You make it try to find new connections and develop.
Without these “adventures” our brains can become static and stop trying to make new connection.
There have been numerous neuroscientist that have suggested doing something as simple as changing what wrist your watch is on as having an impact on your brains development.
From my understudying, it’s suggested this helps to force the mind to continue to be alert and not go into trance states of inactivity.
The mind is being forced to make new connections.
Think synaptic gap, dendrites and brain plasticity. Yea…. I took physic 101…what up?
For those of you not familiar, just search online for brain plasticity and you’ll find some cool material.
So… food for thought. Mmmmmm, food. More on that later.
For me adventure is all about the experience.
Growing up I typically thought adventure had something to do with traveling and exploring a new location.
Road trips across country for Snowboarding or hiking and camping in the mountains out west.
Or the random 48 hour road trip to Canada just because we could. Ohh Canada!
Note to anyone else thinking about an overnight trip to Canada.
Coming back into country, immigration in not interested in any story you have.
Namely, if you’re a young kid looking like a punk with died hair, rolling with your bro who’s got long hair and a goatee and two other buddies with shaved heads and serious swagger.
Shout out Fam. For that moment we were seriously being interrogated as if we were the dumbest smugglers to ever make an attempt, or a band that had no instruments or equipment.
Those agents and their dog were seriously confused!
Moving on…. adventure.
That’s how I generally thought of adventure. A big trip out of the norm.
Either that or doing something very risky that mom would not of been too enthused to learn about.
For example. The time me and a group of friends decided it was a great idea to get an inner-tube, the kind you’d float the river with on a warm summer day.
We took this inter tube and on a long, cold, icy road… tied a rope to the back of a little Honda accord.
Have any of you ever been pulled behind a car on an icy frozen road going 69 miles an hour while sitting on an inter tube in the dead of winter….?
I would not recommend it, but I do have a car full of witnesses.
That was one of the most ridiculously scary moments of my life.
Particularly when the snow settled and I was in the ditch a foot from a barbed wire fence.
I remember thinking, wow… this snowmobile helmet wouldn’t have really helped with that.
Lesson learned, that was the first and last time I was ever pulled down an icy road on an old tractor tire inner-tube.
All that said…I’m growing to understand adventure is so much more than risky behavior or travel.
Over the course of this podcast I’ll illustrate a little bit about what I mean and how you can have adventure in your daily lives… all without icy roads or confused immigration interrogations.
I really like the quote by Criss Jami because it emphasizes being able to have an adventure without going anywhere physically and only having the power of one’s mind.
There is no financial expense to that adventure.
This is a big consideration for any of you out there that are saying to yourself how you would loved to go on a big adventure but you don’t have the time…. or can’t afford it
In many ways I’m on an adventure now with you while I develop this podcast.
I’m revisiting old memories and re-experiencing the moments as well as the new experience of sharing them with the world in a meaningful way.
So let’s go on this journey together.
While doing so try to remember the quote by Chris Jami. “Closed in a room, my imagination becomes the universe, and the rest of the world is missing out.”
That’s assuming your not in the room thinking about some really weird stuff… but it’s ok we’re not here to judge you.
That being said let’s take a look at a couple different ways you can have an adventure in your daily life.
For starters, food.
If you’re anything like me you really enjoy food. I especially like it because it allows me to continue living.
Mmmmmmm……Sustenance, but it’s so much more than that.
I remember the first time I ever had pho. Some of you may call it pho… difference of opinion, it still tastes the same.
Pho…Pho… it’s called Pho.
I digress, the moment I tried it I realized how good pho really was.
It was the kind of pho that made me question what Ive been doing with my life all these years.
How had I gone so long with not integrating it into my regular routine?
That moment was a great adventure. It truly was exploration of unknown territory.
Primarily because it also included an aspect of something I thought was unusual and potentially hazardous, which was tripe.
Yea… put like that it doesn’t sound to appetizing at first.
However, I’ve grown to crave the texture and consistency and now pho with trips is a regular aspect of my monthly sustenance.
Wild to think at one time I refused to even consider it as an option, but after heeding a friends advice…. the rest is history.
So, get out there, try something you think is unusual. Your tastebuds might just thank you later.
The experience in and of itself will cause your brain to build new connections.
Even if you don’t like the taste… it’s still an adventure albeit a lesson learned.
For example the time I tried blood pudding in the Philippines…. that was difficult to stomach, but it was an experience Ill remember forever.
Also, durian… the small durian, not the big ones….and only eating them during the best months… June, July, Aug.
Ahhhh man, I miss that stinky custard delight.
Now I’m not suggesting you go out there and eat a handful of cow stomach or divulge in blood pudding by any means.
However, what I am saying is that an adventure can be just trying something unusual in the form of food.
Unusual being highly subjective and something that develops over time.
The more you push yourself outside the norm the farther you get from what you use to think was unusual.
Eventually you’ll get to the point you’d be open to try Ballut… or not.
In this respect, think about how many opportunities on a daily basis you have to go on an adventure.
In many cultures food is the motivating force to gather friends and family on a regular basis.
Share stories and life happenings. A time to ask advice and offer assistance.
Generally a time to grow and develop as a cohesive unit.
Meister Eckhart once said, “The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake.”
I’d agree. At least when you take action and you make a mistake you can learn something and use that moving forward.
If you never take the chance, you’ll only be left with the question, what if?
You’ll also be missing out on all the chances of awesome new experiences.
Allow yourself to get out of routine. Spice things up a bit and try something you’ve never tried before.
I’ll guarantee you one thing… at least for the rest of the day, it’ll be something that you think about more than once for better or worse.
Don’t be scared…. have fun with it.
Maybe start with wasabi peanuts or something simple just to get you tracking.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
That’s a quote from Helen Keller.
Consider this…. In the year 1904, at the age of 24, Keller was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Right on Mrs Keller, well done!
That quote was taken from her book “Let us have faith” and from a chapter titled “life fears not.”
For those of you new to the show, you can check out tastydagerous.com to find blogs that also discuss mindset development and follow a similar format as my podcasts.
The reason I mention this is because not long ago I published a blog titled, “The other side of fear.”
I think it illustrates nicely what Helen was suggesting through her quote, which was from a larger excerpt which also discussed fear and security.
I’m discussing all this for the simple notion that I believe many people will avoid adventure out of fear.
Fear of failure, fear of what others will think or fear of the unknown.
The unknown… exactly what adventure is.
Set your sails towards the unknown.
If the unknown is a storm of uncertainty in your own mind imagine that on the other side there’s a tropical island paradise with warm sun, beaches and unlimited piles of durian and pho….
ok, that’s my idea of a nice ending to an amazing adventure, but you get the idea.
Nobody ever said adventure would always be a great experience.
That’s what makes it exciting.
We develop by challenging ourselves and pushing our own limits and understanding of the world around us.
I’ve had an experience where I ended up smashing my clavicle into pieces and found myself in a hospital in the early stages of cyborg development.
Although that was not the most ideal adventure, it was a journey into the unknown and has left me with an interesting memory and a funny story non the less.
So if you find yourself fearing a new adventure, just think about this.
If you’re lucky, you can get a broken clavicle out of the deal, a cool new scar and a funny story.
Seriously, start to think about it like that.
Shirley Hufstedler…. has an eloquent quote that says it best.
“If you play it safe in life, you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow anymore.”
I recently wrote a blog on assuming Positive Intent.
Now this isn’t really specific to adventure for most, however, for me in a sense it is and I’ll explain why to wrap up this podcast.
For those of you who actually know me and have spoken with me about the creation of Tasty Dangerous and why I’m doing it you know the truth.
As much as I hope the podcasts, blogs and content I’m creating helps others, the reality is I’m doing this for me.
I’m putting my neck on the chopping block. I’m doing this to hold myself accountable.
I’m doing it to force myself into change.
To allow myself to be consumed with positivity, creativity and mindset development.
I understand this is going to take time.
A lot of time and consistency, but I want it and need it.
Life is an interesting thing.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have good people in my life to help guide me over the years through some very difficult times.
Unfortunately though, I’ve picked up some bad mindset habits along the way, which I attribute to becoming slightly jaded with life in the broadest sense.
I’m not gonna get all sappy and into details, don’t worry, trying to keep this light.
However, experience is a real thing and being we’re talking about adventure I want to be forthcoming.
If you go down this route, and I hope you do, be aware that not all the adventures will pan out like you’d hoped.
Don’t let this be an excuse to look at all future adventures like they’ll turn out the same.
Whether that adventure is a new relationship, an extreme sport, a trip to an unfamiliar place or some new food you put on your plate.
Take it as it comes and learn from it. Grow and develop.
Becoming the best version of yourself isn’t possible without struggle, sacrifice and a bit of risk taking.
Be open minded, it’ll open doors to new possibilities.
I’ve recently had the good fortune of regular conversations with someone who is a peer, but who I also perceive as a mentor.
Their mindset on how to go through life is nothing short of amazing.
It’s non judgmental, compassionate and inspirational to say the least.
Many times I find myself questioning how they could think the way they do.
Some of the ideology they hold I perceive as ignorant and blissfully unaware.
I attribute this to my own perception due to coming from a military background along with higher education in security and corporate security experience.
Their perceptions on social interactions, interpersonal relationships, and general outlook on life is difficult for me to really get a grasp of, but it seems to be working well for them.
I find myself craving that mindset.
The kind of mindset that you can go into a new adventure with and not be focused on the potential for all the negative outcomes.
Specifically due to the basis of previous experiences.
The mindset that truly allows you to experience each adventure independent from the next.
The discussions that we’ve shared aren’t taken lightly and are regular reminders for me that some of my ways of thinking could really… really… use adjustment.
To really allow yourself to go on the adventures you deserve, try adjusting your mindset to allow you to focus on the potential of good rather than bad experience.
Also, if you happen to have an experience that’s less than desirable, try not to let that impact your decision for your next adventure.
Food, travel, people…. they’re all independent from each other in their own ways.
All people have their own personalities.
Different locations have different cultures.
Food is as diverse as it comes.
Go on an adventure today.
In whatever way you can allow yourself to break out of your routine.
Try to recognize if you’re being judgmental and ask yourself why.
Is it because the last experience you had with the food, location or people is influencing this decision?
If so, consider the opportunity you may be missing out on if you choose to play it safe.
So get out there!
Explore, take risks and grow.
Well that does it folks, I hope you enjoyed todays episode and feel like you got something out of it.
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