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Adventure. It’s commonly defined as “an unusual and exciting experience or journey that involves risk.” The word originates from the Latin advenire, meaning “about to happen”. I liken that to anticipation, the feeling of looking forward to what’s about to happen. What better way to experience a sense of adventure?
This is my Year of Adventure. As I look forward to new experiences, journeys and activities, I do so with a keen sense of anticipation. And while I have some of those adventures planned out, I remain open to what unfolds and shows up in my life. Indeed, life itself is a huge adventure.
I love collecting quotes that motivate and encourage. Check out these 15 quotes to inspire adventure, for some of my favorites!
15 Quotes to Inspire Adventure
Words are so incredibly powerful. The words we speak are a reflection of the thoughts we think. They inspire action. It becomes crucial that we not only choose our words carefully but also that we monitor our thoughts.
Affirmations are one way to bring the power of words into our lives. Another is through writing out or speaking aloud quotes that align with who we are…or the person we are becoming.
Hoping for adventures this year? Add these quotes to your collection of inspiring words.
“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” Amelia Earhart
Wisdom from the queen of adventure herself. Amelia saw adventure as a worthy pursuit. For her, it was a way of life.
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey
This is one of my guiding quotes for 2022. To live the biggest adventure I intend to live out of my dreams. That means I need to know what they are. For me, the life of my dreams involves adventures in the form of travel, taking my children and grandchildren on trips, trying new experiences and living fully as myself.
“When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an adventure is about to happen.” Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne)
This quote from Winnie the Pooh makes me smile. When I travel, I always take along my walking boots. Because they take up a great deal of room in my carry on, I wear them during my flight. I love that thrill of excitement I feel when I pull on my boots, grab my suitcase handle and head out on an adventure.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” JRR Tolkien
An appropriate quote, on the professor’s birthday. Tolkien is one of my favorite authors. The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books and movies have greatly impacted my life and helped create my longing for adventure.
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” TS Eliot
These words inspire me to keep going beyond. How far can I go, if I refuse to take the risk of stepping beyond my comfort zone?
“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” Sue Fitzmaurice
I understand the truth of these words every time I visit Edinburgh, Scotland. More than any other place in the world, it feels like home to me there. I belong.
More recently, I discovered more about where I belong when I traveled to Charleston, South Carolina on my own. For this stage in my life, solo travel brings me deeply into who I am.
“I hope you see things that startle you…feel things that you never felt before…meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you are proud of. If you find that you are not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” Eric Roth
One of my favorite things is shifting my perspectives as a result of travels and adventures. I expand my views about myself and the world when I go on adventures that push me beyond my limited beliefs.
“Adventure isn’t hanging off a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.” John Amat
Risky activities such as mountain climbing or jumping out of a plane aren’t the only adventures worth having. The greatest adventure is learning to see life differently and respond accordingly. Challenges become the classrooms that we learn and grow in.
“A woman practices the art of adventure when she breaks the chain of routine and renews her life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” Wilfred Peterson
Pronouns in above quote changed from masculine to feminine.
Do you see the connection between adventures and new experiences? Breaking out of routines and trying new things is the catalyst for fresh adventures.
“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt
I want a no regrets life. How sad to get to the end of life without really living it. I am reaching out eagerly and without fear.
“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered .” GK Chesterton
I love this switch in attitude, this adjustment in perspective. What a great question to ask myself: “Is this an inconvenience…or an adventure?”
“Life is short and the older you get, the more you feel it. Indeed, the shorter it is. People lose their capacity to walk, run, travel, think and experience life. I realize how important it is to use the time I have.” Viggo Mortensen
I’m in this category, with Viggo. I realize how short life is and I too don’t want to waste a moment of it. It’s become so important to pursue the things I enjoy and choose the experiences I desire.
“Then one day, when you least expect it, the great adventure finds you.” Ewan McGregor
These words remind me to stay open to wonder, possibilities and opportunities. While I am seeking adventure, adventure is seeking me.
“Why do you go away? So you can come back. So you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” Terry Pratchett
Adventures change us, expands us. We come back different people than those who left. And we bring fresh perspectives back with us, shifting the way we view our own communities and neighborhoods. People see us differently as well.
“Don’t let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions. It’s your life, not theirs. Do what matters most to you; do what makes you feel alive and happy. Don’t let the expectations and ideas of others limit who you are. If you let others tell you who you are, you are living their reality, not yours. There is more to life than pleasing people. There is more to life than following another’s prescribed path. There’s so much more to life than what you are experiencing right now. You need to decide who you are for yourself. Become a whole being. Adventure.” Roy T Bennett
I love how the words progress from freeing yourself from the expectations of others, to breaking people pleasing tendencies, to living the life you decide to live…and ending with a single word: adventure. Freedom from what others think leads to freedom to see life as an adventure.
Do You have a favorite adventure quote?
This promises to be an exciting and fun year of adventures and continuing to live life beyond the edges.
Which of the above quotes inspires you?
And do you have a favorite adventure quote? Share it in the comments below.
Travel Quotes for the Wanderer
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