“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration” – Ansel Adams
In early 2005, I went out to dinner after work with a good friend and co-worker. We both worked for a great company, but there was a longing for something more in life. So, we made a deal that we would call 2005 “the year of exploration.”
I can’t speak for my friend, but for me, the year of exploration led to the many years of exploration. And in the many years of exploration, I became less concerned with things and more concerned with experiences. In fact, when I was making plans to go skydiving in 2006, my mother said, “You don’t have to try EVERYthing.”
My pursuits were mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual, and included things like:
- World travel
- Working with a therapist
- Joining a process group, which I stayed in for six years
- Living in London, New York City, and India
- Taking improv and acting classes
- Studying meditation
- Bungee jumping
- Running marathons
- Personal training
- Graduate school
I’m sure I’m missing things, and the list is not intended to be exhaustive. But the point is that I tried a lot of things. And trying a lot of things, led me to understand the things I did enjoy, value and love by also understanding the things I didn’t enjoy, value and love. For example, if only we could uncover that commercial audition from an acting class (cringe).
Those years of exploration led to many life changes such as meeting my husband and step-sons, having my daughter, being in good physical health, following a more mindful way of living, and loving myself and my life.
Because of that, it has kept me an experience-driven individual because with every experience I find more of me.