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Life is Either a Daring Adventure or Nothing

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

Life is full of ups and downs. When we experience the negative, we find it difficult to focus on the good. That is natural. However, we have to realize that the downs are part of the journey. Rather than dwelling on the negative, focus on going with the flow while being mindful of both the negative and positive. Be mindful of the negative by focusing on solutions, or by not focusing too much on the bad. Try your best to be balanced. At the same time, don’t settle for less and enjoy life as much as you possibly can.

It can seem like a conundrum between balancing life and enjoying a grand adventure of life. But, it’s possible to live both ways. It’s possible to know of the risks certain actions may yield. So with every major decision, take some caution and gradually unfold the experience rather than rushing through it. Be mindful of any possible negative setbacks while also being open to the unfamiliar.

Most people choose to settle for their life, graduating with thousands of dollars in school loans and sticking to a 9-5 job. It may yield a comfortable lifestyle. However, it can get boring and repetitive fast if you stick to this path of mediocrity.

There are the few who decide to go through a different path. Some have made entire livings through traveling and embarking on new adventures. Few people try the digital nomad lifestyle. Once you can get past the finances and find an active solution for it through your lifestyle (e.g. workshops, online courses, sponsorships, etc.), you can enjoy an abundant lifestyle.

Let’s say you’re happy with your 9-5. Great! Not everyone is happy with their 9-5, but if you are, you are in luck. Now all you have to do is add to the fun, engaging in interesting hobbies or enjoying your free time off. You don’t have to feel tired or drained. Enjoy your life.

Doing Trivial Things vs. Doing Nothing

There are certain inessential activities— moths of precious time— and it is worse to busy yourself with the trivial than to do nothing.

Baltasar Gracian

This is a quote from my daily calendar. I’m not sure if I quite agree with this statement. The reason is because sometimes, we can be caught up in trivial things. And that is just part of the journey. Plus, what seems trivial to one person might not necessarily be trivial to another person.

I think that doing nothing is meditative and can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. I think that is the point of the quote. However, you can also figure out your life by doing trivial things. Not everyone can though. So that is why it is better to do nothing than trivial things.

How do you know if you’re caught up in triviality?

If you find yourself stuck in the same old routine, feeling unsatisfied and drained or feeling at a loss, it may be because you are caught up with the trivial. However, there are few things that I consider to be trivial. That’s because I find value in everything I do, and what is not important to me (such as the news) may be significant to someone else (such as a world leader). What is trivial to you is whatever you find to be of little value.

It can be uncomfortable to sit in discomfort. But, it is a good way to self-reflect. You can figure out your life by contemplating on it or dreaming of your future. Or, you can sit in a meditative state and learn how to expand your awareness, learning how to enjoy the present moment.