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So, I’ve been thinking about this lately, really, “What does the value of an Adventure mean to me?” I recently watched an interview with Chris Guillebeau regarding his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose To Your Life. From the interview I really felt compelled to explore this concept. And explore it with my kids. I have not read his book yet, but I certainly plan on it. The interview was filled with so much awesomeness I had to explore it immediately.
First, what is an Adventure? Wikipedia describes an Adventure as an exciting or unusual experience.
In the interview Chris explains how smaller adventures/quests can have just as much impact as larger ones. This excited me because our travel budget has currently dropped into the red. I also learned that by giving this adventure or quest a number it gives more purpose and makes it fun. Just like a deadline for a project – it provides a purposeful container around it.
So, the kids and I decided that we would start something that would give purpose to our routine. We decided to start board game night. Pretty basic, right? But no, we’re going to have game night every Saturday for 22 weeks. 22 weeks because we have 22 games in the game closet and many have never been played. At the end of 22 weeks, we plan to purchase one new game to and donate one of our least favorites. The kids are so excited and it’s a challenge. Just by giving the board game night a “goal” of 22 weeks we are giving it structure and purpose. Coolness, right?
Want a life that’s more meaningful and exciting? A quest just may do the trick!