The Merriam-Webster Definition of Adventure is:

1 a: an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks

b. the encountering of risks- the spirit of adventure

2. an exciting or remarkable experience

3. an enterprise involving financial risk

Science and research shows that the majority of healthy and happy centenarians live with a spirit of Adventure! They are planning and seeking their next great adventure!

In 1940, Helen Keller published a body of work entitled, “Let Us Have Faith” and a chapter titled “Faith Fears Not” contained the following passage:

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. God Himself is not secure, having given man dominion over His works! Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold. Faith alone defends. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.

What an inspiration Keller was… and still is today through her writings- encouraging boldness and daring adventures!

More and more, long term longevity studies are showing that those who live to be the ripe young age of 100 and beyond, have lived a good portion of their lives with this spirit of adventure! They don’t stop looking for their next exciting and challenging experience- in fact- many of them begin to “up the ante” at the age of 80 and beyond.


It’s O.K. to be both excited and terrified! Do it anyway!

The possible benefits?

  • renewed Zest for Life
  • enthusiasm
  • excitement
  • creativity
  • inspiration
  • happiness
  • joy
  • exhilaration
  • fulfillment
  • passion
  • vulnerability
  • boldness
  • courage
  • positive focus

Rob Asghar, an LA based writer and Management consultant states that psychologists and philosophers have long noted that neurosis is the condition that arises when a person fears the downsides and the risks of endeavors, activities and connecting with people, and when he or she begins to create a “safer”, less connected alternate reality, supposing wrongly that he or she is avoiding possible tragedy.

Dr. Brene Brown, Author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead has become a national phenomenon by talking about living a life that accepts and embraces risk.

Perhaps Brown’s most remarkable insight is that Vulnerability is not weakness. It is the inability or unwillingness to be vulnerable that can make us weaker at some level.

Brown has discovered that “Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity , of belonging and of love.”

Have you been squelching your “wonderlust”? There’s a great big world out there filled with more adventures than the mind can imagine… which ones are calling your name?

Here is today’s Vital Reset ReMINDer:

“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” John A. Shedd

My very best wishes for an exceptional day and to your long and vital life.