Exploration.

“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
  • Skydiving
  • Bungee jumping
  • Running marathons
  • Yoga
  • Personal training
  • Dating
  • 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.

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