Life lessons hit us when we least expect it.
When I first started out adventuring on boats, I was new to the sea. I bumped into things. The love of my life began asking me: “Why are you always so accident prone?” I jumped overboard a couple of times. I blamed it on my clumsiness and youth.
Then one day, I decided I needed to focus more, look at life more closely. Concentrate.
From then on, my life seemed to change. For one, I quit hurting and jumping overboard. I matured, noticing I didn’t fret about regrets, pain, worry, and disappointments. Life needed appreciating in my mind. I saw what was happening in the now. Today.
Reading awareness books helped me travel with more meaningful experiences. Suddenly, my personal growth launched into depths I never knew existed within myself. I learned to accept everything that came my way, no matter what. I quit trying to control events and instead, learned to go with the flow.
Here are my most meaningful lessons that I hope will inspire you to keep on adventuring. Reach out for more adventure – the weirder, the better!
1. Life lessons: LIVE LIFE NOW.
We were kept waiting for that fabulous one thing to happen in our future. So many look for a secret key to happiness. But life is now. If you don’t reach for it, life will never happen. So live it. Right now. Trust that you’ll have a fabulous life.
2. Life lessons: FEAR IS AN ILLUSION.
When we sailed with our kids up the Red Sea in a small boat a few years ago, people were fearful for our safety. Most of the things I feared, never happened. We were never kidnapped or chased by pirates.
Storms came our way, but they were never as bad as my imagination. My fears neutralized over time. Even if bad things happened, they were never as bad as expected. I decided my fears were worst than reality, so I stopped being fearful.
3. Life lessons: EXPERIENCES COUNT.
The memories from amazing experiences far outweigh material things. If you’re trying to decide between remodeling or taking a year off traveling, go on the adventure. You’ll remember more than the remodeling.
4. Life lessons: TRAVEL GROWS THE MIND.
Travel makes you more a more interesting person. You become introspective. Differences matter little to you. You feel enlightened. Your mind expands. Returning home, foreign cultures, lifestyles, and ideas are your favorite topics of conversation.
5. Life lessons: CHANGE IS GOOD.
The sea is ever-changing, just as life. So, don’t resist it. Remaining stagnant is in opposition to the natural order of life. Flow with change. Embrace it and regard it as an adventure. You’ll like who you’ve become, and others will be attracted to you.
6. Life lessons: INTUITION IS YOUR COMPASS.
If you don’t have intuition, read books on how to get it. As a matter of fact, once I tuned into my compass, fabulous events started happening to me. Also, the love of my life arrived. A great adventure unfolded. It still is today!
7. Life lessons: YOUR BODY IS A TEMPLE.
First, if you’re a woman, chances are you’ve endured assault or injury in some way. If you have, reach for adventure to heal your pain. Secondly, give yourself the gift of travel. Once you see how better off you are than others in developing countries, you’ll gain perspective. Most importantly, you need to try it to believe it.
8. Life lessons: RELEASE YOURSELF FROM MATERIAL GOODS.
Stuff is just stuff. For instance, have you noticed that the more material goods you own, the greater the time required maintaining it? Would you rather gather experiences or things? Five years from now you won’t remember the new couch, but you will remember the night on the beach spent sleeping under the stars!
9. Life lessons: RELEASE ATTACHMENTS.
Don’t become too attached to outcomes or beliefs. Remain open to all possibilities and ideas. You will be surprised how much more there is to life when you don’t cling to the experience. Your upbringing doesn’t own you. You are the creator of your destiny.
10. Life lessons: MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT.
Life is short. Regrettably, one day you will contract an illness, and it will be too late to live your dreams. I know because it happened to me. I write about it in my book. Consequently, you need to be conscious of the value of every single day.