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How to Live an Adventurous Life

Live for now, look for the next thrill, and test your limits to find out what you're made of.


  • Step 1: Skydive, even if you're terrified, or ride that ridiculously high ride at the amusement park. Challenge yourself and tackle surfing, scuba diving, mountain climbing, or race car driving -- anything you might not have done before. It's never too early to start a bucket list.
  • Step 2: Hitchhike or bike across the country to see the wonders of your nation. Wander and explore.
  • Step 3: Return to the land and feed yourself, rejecting society. Do no harm, exploit no one, be self-reliant, and have a ball being free of the rat race. You only live once.
  • FACT: On August 7, 1974, Frenchman Philippe Petit walked between the World Trade Center towers on a wire 1,362 feet above ground.
  • Step 4: Return to college and take any classes you want -- this time because you actually want to learn.
  • TIP: Train first, or the adventure following this one will be a hospital visit.
  • TIP: Wearing different color lipsticks does not qualify as an adventure, no matter what TV commercials suggest.
  • Step 5: Learn a new language and visit exotic locales. Explore off the beaten path instead of following the tour guide to conventional destinations and historic sites. Get to know the natives.
  • Step 6: Run a marathon and compete in a decathalon if you never have. The adventure and physicality will feed your need for the extreme.
  • Step 7: Quit your day job, even if you're security-minded and think it will be the end of the world you've built for yourself. Find something that's really you, even if it means crewing on a barge or driving a truck in the Yukon.

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