The questions we ask matter. In a recent blog post on Inc. Rhett Power shares 5 Ways to Discover Your Own Meaning of Life with these questions:
- What makes me feel happy and alive?
- What am I good at?
- If income didn't matter, what would I be doing?
- How can I add greater value to the world?
- What will be my legacy?
To many these may seem like big, scary questions because to answer these questions requires a lot of openness and willingness to silence the noise of expectation and 'ought to's.' It may seem like taking a risk to be honest with yourself about what matters and to reflect on whether or not you are on the right path or need to make changes. You are right. It is a risky endeavor. I have always been someone to ask questions and never shy away from the big ones. Why? Because the risk of not asking these questions far outweighs the risk of asking them.
And these are not questions to only ask once. I take moments regularly to reflect on where I am, how I feel, and to assess if I spent enough time doing what matters most. I am not perfect, no one is. I constantly negotiate how I spend my time by making choices. It really is all about choice. I am always making tweaks and changes (big and small) to be sure I am getting enough of what I need.
What is enough, what do I need? I think this is a larger question that falls in with one of the most important questions I am focused on right now: "What makes me feel happy and alive." I know what these things are, but I am focused on really trying to hone in and identify these moments when I feel most like me. In a larger sense I have termed this living my adventure life which is spot on. But it can perhaps seem a little grandiose or abstract in terms of what it means and what it looks like. I rely on writing and photography to continue to share my story and experiences with you to bring this big "live your adventure life" idea to life in tangible ways.
I continue to ask the big questions and encourage you to explore by asking these five questions and identify what is working well, what isn't, and how you can make changes. We all have choices (we make a ton of them every day).
I will leave you with this thought. If you had to pack a bag and go here and get away from your normal routine. What would you take with you (one small bag!)? Who would you take with you (if anyone)? And, what would you do while you were here? Daydream a little and write it down.