Don’t you just want to drop everything and hop a plane to Bali?
Don’t you just want to have that budget spreadsheet handled once and for all?
Isn’t it funny that we lust after the freedom to kick up our heels and head off on adventures, and we lust after the comfort of having solid foundations and routines?
Yes, humans are funny animals. Even still, it makes perfect sense. We long to head off and explore new lands and to come home to peace and order.
The Practicality + Adventure Paradox
I often speak with women who want more fun, travel and adventure in their lives, but the reality of their bank account keeps them close to home. They say things like, “Someday I’d love to go to Paris”
I also speak with women who don’t really know what’s in their bank account, but they live well now. They say things like, “I just HAD to have those shoes”
Most of us will find ourselves leaning more heavily in one direction or the other. We are either more naturally practical or more naturally adventurous. As with anything, though, there can be “too much of a good thing”.
An overexpanded sense of adventure will leave us feeling like we lack purpose. It will feel selfish.
An overexpanded sense of practicality will leave us feeling like we lack enjoyment. It will feel like martyrdom.
Paradoxically speaking, adventure without practicality is not very fun, and practicality without adventure is highly impractical. TWEET IT
The Power of Polarity
SENSE OF ADVENTURE <—> BEING PRACTICAL
Indeed, we need both.
Think of a goal that you have. Anything at all.
Now, recognizing that you need a healthy integration of being practical with a sense of adventure, answer these questions:
Are you leaning more in the direction of adventure or practicality?
What can you do to apply more of the thing you lack in, without degrading the other?
Where can you add more fun and play into those things you have to do?
Where can you add more organization and structure into those things you want to do?
Here’s to creating the life our dreams TODAY, while taking care of all that is important to us. It’s not only possible, it’s the only healthy way.