“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 a new career, becoming an entrepreneur, 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.