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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.

Never Giving Up is Success

Everyone experiences ups and downs in life. What separates fulfilled people from unfulfilled people is the determination to never give up. It is the commitment to doing a little better than the day before. And even when we are feeling down or get sick in the process, we navigate around it (e.g. taking medicine or drinking soup when you’re sick) and get back up again.

Life is what you make out of it. Never giving up is a sign of success. It means continually working to making things better. It requires a bit of flexibility in your plans, going with the waves of chaos and order as they come and go. And you are equipped with this knowingness that you can handle anything that life has coming your way.

I am reminded of Thomas Edison. He had to go through hundreds upon thousands of failures before he came up with the light bulb. It required him to be persistent and patient. He learned to enjoy the journey rather than getting discouraged by how long it took.

Is there a certain area in your life that you struggle to maintain? It may take time to fix, and that’s okay. Acknowledge that the problem is there, and try to take it a day at a time to fix it. Approach that area (or those areas) with gentle curiosity and see if you can improve it one step at a time.

Why Surrendering is Sometimes Good

Sometimes, we overexert ourselves and feel overwhelmed. When these times are present, it’s best to find ways to relax and engage in stress-free activities. Surrendering does not necessarily mean that you are weak. Even if it is seen as being weak, it is not. Sometimes, surrendering can be a wise choice.

We are often at wars with ourselves. We battle our own inner demons. Some people are better at managing their inner chaos than others. If you find it hard to overcome the struggle, it’s okay. As Aaliyah once said in her song Try Again, “Cause if at first you don’t succeed. You can dust it off and try again.”

There are micro and macro ways of surrendering. The macro ways of surrendering are in terms of global affairs. Sometimes, countries are at war with each other due to misunderstandings and greed. Or in the case of low income or middle class people, they may choose to surrender to the legal and political system just because they are not sure of how it works (for example, paying taxes when you don’t actually owe any money).

Surrendering also gives us a chance to explore ourselves. We can figure out our life purpose by experiencing old and new activities. We can find the things that we enjoy. We can reflect upon ourselves and find out what we truly desire.

I think in the end, all people want is happiness. If you tend to be a busy person and find your life to be unfulfilling, you can start over bit by bit or completely, rejuvenate yourself, and learn what it is that you wish to do.

For people who take full-on breaks, there are a variety of ways to surrender and relax:

– Going for walks
– Sleeping more
Journalling
– Spending more time with friends and family
– Stretching
– Taking time off from your job or business
– Travelling somewhere

Don’t feel bad if you have to take a break for yourself to figure out what’s going on within you. There’s nothing wrong with failing or giving up. And just because you give up one time, that’s okay, because you can always find a way to get up again. (;