“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
And Mark was right… Below are the top 5 reasons why.
1. We grow, learn and develop from new experiences
Here’s another great quote for you by Neale Donald Walsch: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Our daily lives (at least for the majority for us) are very generally very monotone: you wake up, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, commute to work, reply to e-mails, go to a couple meetings, come home, eat dinner, watch some TV and go to bed. Sounds familiar? Sure there are some things that change but generally our days are very similar. And for many of us – that’s the definition of comfort. But that shouldn’t be the end of it. No one ever said on their deathbed “I wish I had replied to more e-mails” or “I wish I had made safer choices”, on the contrary – it’s always “I wish I had taken that chance” or “I wish I had gone on that trip”. Start today, you don’t have to go all out, but start small – on your way back from work take a d-tour, go to someplace new. And use your vacation days!
2. Increase your risk tolerance
We’re not talking about any extremes here but generally people who take more risk – get more reward. The safest person in the world is the one that doesn’t go anywhere or do anything – they’re also the most boring. The most wealthy people in the world took risks to start their businesses – Jeff Bezos left a high paying Wall Street job, Mark Zuckerberg had no knowledge of how to build a business when he started Facebook. The list could go on, and on… You can increase your risk tolerance by going on small adventures. Go on that hike, try zip-lining, scuba diving or simply exploring a new area / place.
3. Getting dirty improves your health
This is a more specific one and geared towards outdoor adventures, but yes – getting dirty improves your health. Researchers have found that in our overly-sterilized modern world, developing immune systems don’t encounter enough bugs to learn how to regulate properly. Getting dirty (literally) can improve our microbiome – soil has lots of healthy bacteria that our bodies need but we’re not getting any of it. Hikes and outdoor adventures connect us to nature and improve our health. Another way to get some healthy dirt in our bodies: if you grow your own produce, clean it a bit less thoroughly .
4. We need to move
Our bodies were designed to move. Going on an adventure normally means you’ll be doing exactly that – moving. Most of us spend our working days behind a desk, sitting, but that’ not natural for our bodies to do. We were meant to run, hunt, gather, walk etc. So get moving, stand up now and stretch for a bit, then plan an active weekend activity.
5. Take a break from technology
Or use technology that motivates you to do all of the other things above. Apps, games and software that require our constant attention build our dependency on it. But apps can help us be more adventurous as well – hiking apps, travel apps etc. are awesome. They help us connect with the world and nature around us, and they don’t require your constant attention. Use apps that motivate you to get up and go outside. And hey! Since this is one of our missions, check out Questful here. We want to do exactly that – motivate you to explore the city and nature around you through interactive location-based quests. We’ll put your legs and your brain to work!