Adventure and curiosity have always come naturally to me. I typically go with the flow, and say yes to most questions that involve something new or exploring new places or lands. The resiliency I have developed for myself is pretty high. When I think about the things I have endured in my short forty something years seems quite astounding when I list it out. So far, these are some of the things I have done.
- Traveled to around 23 countries and lived in numerous states (I’ve lost count)
- I lived rent free for over two years
- Survived a wicked storm that broke my tent in a remote area in Alaska miles from safety of shelter and almost became a dire life threatening situation
- Survived a near death experience while white water kayaking
- Got dropped off in the middle of nowhere Peru because I was on the wrong bus, and had to wait, and hope the for the next bus to show up
- Took an overland 4×4 expedition through the Atacama desert from Bolivia to Chile; the driest desert in the world
- I climbed an 18,500ft mountain, got lost on a backcountry expedition and trekked for 30 days straight; all in the Himalayas of Nepal
- I’ve been privy participate in a barrel roll in a sea plane (name and place is top secret)
- I hitch hiked a section of the Carretera Austral in Chile (southern highway 7)
- I sailed from Panama to Columbia on a 50ft catamaran with 16 other people
- I hiked multiple days on the Inca trail to Machu Picchu
- Touched the southern tip of the Americas
- Went on an overland Safari in the Serengeti and beyond in Africa
- Laughed til I almost peed my pants and cried my eyes out
- I’ve downhill mountain biked, skied a steep couloir, slept under the stars, kissed boys, and paddled the seas
Why do I tell you all this? Because I have learned to be resilient through all these experiences. I had to figure out ways to adapt and make things work. Say yes, when fear would have suggested no. I’ve taken big risks, and learned to trust my gut instinct.
When you push yourself to see and do things you never thought you could, only then do you realize what you can accomplish. Once you start building your resilience, saying yes becomes second nature. Fear diminishes because you learn how to make it through life slowly with ease.
This January I am hosting an online program that will focus on living an adventurous life, with not a lot of money. To be a true adventurer, you only have to find it in your heart. Only then can you find fun treasures beyond your personal realm.
Sister, it’s time to break out of your comfort zone and push your boundaries. Imagine what you can do even if you just take a different route to work in the morning or on the way home. What about open doors with your left hand, instead of your right? What if I told you that you have an infinite power to do anything you want?
My friend once sent me this quote that said something like this:
You’re the type of friend that if I saw you falling off a cliff, I’d say “do a flip!”
Let’s adventure together!
Diana is an Adventurer, Certified Therapeutic Recreational Specialist (CTRS), worked as professional outdoor recreation educator for people with and without disabilities for the last 20 years, traveled to over 20 countries and is also certified in Wilderness First Aid. She climbed many mountain peaks, biked numerous trails and paddled all around the world. Join her on the next adventure here.
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