Kia Ora Mates! A year ago today I was on a plane headed around the world to the amazing countries of New Zealand and Australia. After 21 hours in the air, I arrived in Auckland, New Zealand on Dec. 3. I stayed for a month, first touring both islands of New Zealand with a tour company called Haka Tours and then visiting the east coast of Australia. To read all about my exciting adventures Down Under, check out my travel blog called Scribbles & Snapshots: http://tfalk.travellerspoint.com/archive/012011/
So what’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done in the past year? Venturing around the world by myself is definitely high on the list for me. My trip Down Under forced me to step out of my comfort zone and that’s a good thing. I think too many of us are guilty of getting too comfortable in life, just sinking back and letting the world pass us by. I decided awhile ago that I wasn’t going to live like that. I want to seize each and every moment whether I’m at work or play. I truly believe that every day is a gift from God.
And this doesn’t mean that you have to travel around the world. You can step out of your comfort zone and have an adventure right in your own community, city, province, state or country. Maybe volunteering at your local soup kitchen is stepping out of your comfort zone. Maybe learning a new language is an adventure. Maybe joining a book club with strangers is stepping out of your comfort zone. Maybe starting a new job in a new city is an adventure.
This makes me think of the Tim McGraw song, Live Like You Were Dying. Would we live our lives differently if we knew we were dying? If so, how would we live our lives differently? Take a few moments to listen to the song.
Here are some photos from my Down Under adventures. These are some of my attempts to live like I was dying.
As we approach a new year where many New Year’s Resolutions will no doubt be made, I encourage you to make a resolution to live life to the fullest. As the Dodge commercial suggests, Grab life by the horns!
Kia Ora Mates translated: Kia Ora means an informal “hi” in New Zealand. Mates is Australian slang for “friend.”