Adventure, anyone?

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I've seen some people say they're 'going to take a risk' when its already something they're already doing, and its either a sidestep or a more involved layer of what they're already doing.

--like an artist trying a different style, or climber going for a steeper or taller mountain, or asking someone 'new' out on a date...

to them, it is stepping out of a safe zone.


I kind of remember something in that movie 'Bicentennial Man' where the woman said like--'do something wrong to find out if its right'...
 
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By risk, I don't mean taking chances that endanger life and limb. I mean, doing new things. Something as simple as cooking a new recipe that uses a spice you've never heard of, or taking a walk through a park you've never been to before.

These are simple little things but as you get older, you tend to not take risks, even small ones. Life gets comfy...maybe too comfy.
I don't think using a new spice or making a new recipe is adventurous. That's NORMAL for me!
 
By risk, I don't mean taking chances that endanger life and limb. I mean, doing new things. Something as simple as cooking a new recipe that uses a spice you've never heard of, or taking a walk through a park you've never been to before.

These are simple little things but as you get older, you tend to not take risks, even small ones. Life gets comfy...maybe too comfy.
What do you think is the reason for this?
 

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I don't think using a new spice or making a new recipe is adventurous. That's NORMAL for me!
It came up in an earlier post, "risk" or "adventure" aren't really appropriate words for what I'm talking about. It's the tendency for people to not repeat behaviors....whatever that's called. Notaroutine, I guess.
 
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It came up in an earlier post, "risk" or "adventure" aren't really appropriate words for what I'm talking about. It's the tendency for people to not repeat behaviors....whatever that's called. Notaroutine, I guess.
Generally speaking the older people get the less capacity they have for change, and they have an increased capacity for being able to make things stay the same. The result can be atrophy. Comfort is a good thing in that it is the opposite of being in distress, but atrophy has to be avoided.
 

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It came up in an earlier post, "risk" or "adventure" aren't really appropriate words for what I'm talking about. It's the tendency for people to not repeat behaviors....whatever that's called. Notaroutine, I guess.
Spontaneity?
 
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It came up in an earlier post, "risk" or "adventure" aren't really appropriate words for what I'm talking about. It's the tendency for people to not repeat behaviors....whatever that's called. Notaroutine, I guess.

Ive recently listened to a literary commentary on Tolkien's The Hobbit. What was interesting was the comment on Bilbo Baggins's two sides, the Baggins one (predictable, lazy and comfort oriented, never leaving the shelter of The Shire ) and his Took side (adventurous, non standard after the hobbit way of life, risk oriented with travels and fights). Ive seen more example in the literature of this, Tartarin of Tarascon for example. The introduction of this character in the first book was marvelous, with his continue struggle between comfort and safety and the ire to travel, hunt and live adventures.

What Im trying to say is that in each one of us those two sides are present, in each in wildly different proportions. But I strongly believe that comfort is what breeds laziness and the desire to stay somewhere where you are sheltered.

So I think what one or another does to keep a healthy dose of adventure is not so important. Just do whatever works for you, be it belly dancing, hunting, hiking, sports, whatever. What makes me ticking might do nothing for you. The only important thing is that what you do takes you outside your shelter, and kills what makes you predictable by others.
 
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It came up in an earlier post, "risk" or "adventure" aren't really appropriate words for what I'm talking about. It's the tendency for people to not repeat behaviors....whatever that's called. Notaroutine, I guess.
I'm guessing you're thinking more/different than a vacation/road trip then?

something new and different to do at or around while still at home?
 

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I am a substance oriented conversationalist and can't let the small talk go on too long. Things have to meander to something interesting relatively quickly or I'll meander away. On the other hand, with the right people, I can have fun for hours just playing around. Nothing gets discussed, there's just a general mood of amusement to which everyone contributes.
Can't help but think of AaSQGaSA!
 

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I'm guessing you're thinking more/different than a vacation/road trip then?

something new and different to do at or around while still at home?
Yes, more than a one-time trip. I'm trying to keep from gathering moss, basically :smile:.

Things I'm doing: being open to spontaneity - tough to do, because like most people I have others depending on me. For example, my boss needs me to be at work at a certain time, of course. So...I have to, um, schedule my time to be spontaneous, lol. I'm fighting becoming more sedentary, too.

Just wondering if other people are having the same struggles.
 
I'm fairly happy/content with my sphere usually, though its not a complete sphere so things do tend to enter and fall out-----There's a lot that seems I have to do which is an ongoing process, plus the occasional surprises that happen.

It seems the more that I do, the less I think about what I may be missing. The less that I 'expect' to happen, it seems the more 'things' happen.


....seems to fall into that Zen, Buddhist, I Ching thing ...


----are you thinking along the lines of introvert* or extrovert* activities?

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/glossary/g/introvert.htm


http://giftedkids.about.com/od/glossary/g/extrovert.htm
 
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like most people I have others depending on me. For example, my boss needs me to be at work at a certain time, of course. So...I have to, um, schedule my time to be spontaneous
Sunday night I have to be on PF chat. Every morning I have to check whats new on PF. No time for spontaneity.
 
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Sure these are risks; after an afternoon of paragliding and bungee jumping one risks that the spices are yucky :yuck: and of course you can get lost in a park.
IMHO spices and walks in the park don't qualify as adventures/risks.
Maybe affairs or sabbaticals do.
 
It came up in an earlier post, "risk" or "adventure" aren't really appropriate words for what I'm talking about. It's the tendency for people to not repeat behaviors....whatever that's called. Notaroutine, I guess.
I think I understand. You have a certain routine, or certain fallback behaviors, and it's like you have forgotten what's it like to not have those. Sort of like, hypothetically, I'm bored, I think I'll take a walk to the park. Wait a minute, I aways walk to the park, I know what to expect, that won't help. But then what instead... and the process by which more variety, or less of a routine, just happened, seems like a program you can't quite get to run.
 
I like this thread and I can understand things what you are talking about.

But I don't think I'm facing the same problem because I'm only in my 20s.I also like to play with childrens younger than me because I feel relaxed and happy when I'm with them.And they are direct to me,I don't need to calculate too much.Though there are few childrens I can play with in our university.

What I'm interested is how to avoid comfort.People have inertia,I found myself don't like to do things that need me to think much.

For example,when I surf the internet,I'm more inclined to see the Chinese pages on news,which don't need me to think to much.Not webs like PF,which I think I can learn much more,both in language and thought.

And now I find most Chinese portals webs are becoming more and more entertainment,it's not good.I think I need to overcome my inertia to get rid of them,turing to English webs.Any ideas?
 
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Speaking about enjoying life. Just look at Feynman. You can see it in his eyes

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I like this thread and I can understand things what you are talking about.

But I don't think I'm facing the same problem because I'm only in my 20s.I also like to play with childrens younger than me because I feel relaxed and happy when I'm with them.And they are direct to me,I don't need to calculate too much.Though there are few childrens I can play with in our university.

What I'm interested is how to avoid comfort.People have inertia,I found myself don't like to do things that need me to think much.

For example,when I surf the internet,I'm more inclined to see the Chinese pages on news,which don't need me to think to much.Not webs like PF,which I think I can learn much more,both in language and thought.

And now I find most Chinese portals webs are becoming more and more entertainment,it's not good.I think I need to overcome my inertia to get rid of them,turing to English webs.Any ideas?
Hi kakarotyjn. :smile: Welcome to physicsforums. You can learn a lot on Physicsforums by reading, and also share what you like. Join in topics that you are interested in and ask questions, share your experience and contribute as you have here on this thread. The NSTA Learning Center has a book entitled Overcome Inertia through Summer Reading by Juliana Texley.
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I look forward to you joining in on the fun here.:smile:
 
Hi kakarotyjn. :smile: Welcome to physicsforums. You can learn a lot on Physicsforums by reading, and also share what you like. Join in topics that you are interested in and ask questions, share your experience and contribute as you have here on this thread. The NSTA Learning Center has a book entitled Overcome Inertia through Summer Reading by Juliana Texley.

I look forward to you joining in on the fun here.:smile:

Hi ViewsofMars,:rofl:,thank you for your welcome and your recommendation on the book.I like to see you talking here very much,the threads is interesting and some are meaningful.I really want to join you to share my opnions and find happiness with you.Maybe English is the main challange,because my English level is not good.I will motivate myself and I will do it.

Thank you again,haha,:smile:
 
Hi ViewsofMars,:rofl:,thank you for your welcome and your recommendation on the book.I like to see you talking here very much,the threads is interesting and some are meaningful.I really want to join you to share my opnions and find happiness with you.Maybe English is the main challange,because my English level is not good.I will motivate myself and I will do it.

Thank you again,haha,:smile:
Kakarotyjn, you are so very kind!:biggrin: You're English is charming. I'm super glad you are here.:biggrin: I'll be looking for you on the threads. It will tell me what you are interested in.

Have a wonderful day.

Mars
 

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