Free range – being open and connecting to all possibilities – is a great way to go through life. It is important to see, notice and try things. Isn’t that what life is about?
Our routines own most of us. We have the same schedule, shop in the same places, eat at the same places, vacation in the same places – we even drive to work the same way. What would happen if we changed something – if we just broke free and wandered to try something new – anything?
Free ranging is the process to encourage variety in our days – to try new things, connect with new people, shift out of the regular. Be spontaneous. Be interested and curious. Be available to challenge the same old, same old to find something new, possibly better, possibly more exciting, possibly more amazing.
Free ranging seems really foreign to most of us because we view our lives from a point of fear rather than love, excitement or adventure. We are programmed – both in our brain and through our culture – to watch out, pay attention and play it safe. We are encouraged to stay on the main roads – not to free range, explore, investigate or imagine our way through life.
A friend of ours was over for dinner this week. She shared that a friend of hers always wanted to travel to a country in South America but immediately brought up the concern for traveling in someplace so unsafe. Then there was also the problem of flying through the country’s mountains and the possibility of crashing. Then there was the language problem – afraid of not being understood. The list of fears completely eliminated the trip from possibility. We forget how capable we are because we let fear rule our decisions.
The more aware we are of our abilities, strengths and passions, the more confidently we start to look at the world. We let fear dissipate because the excitement of connecting to things that really matter to us and things we are passionate about rule. Excitement and passions are the fuel of free ranging and the antidote to fear. When we get more excited about all that could be instead of fear of what might happen, we start to see the world as it was intended – filled with opportunities to learn, experience, grow, celebrate, appreciate and be impressed.
I am a pretty conservative person who usually defaults to routine. Because I have always chosen (from fear) to play small and take the safe road, I have spent many years watching life instead of joining in. That was until several big live events happened to me that reminded me life goes by quickly and if I stay on the sidelines, I’ll miss mine. What a waste that would be – to be here and still miss out on a great life. Though free ranging has not always been easy for me, I now get myself to new places, new events, try new foods, visit with new people and read new things – my world of possibilities has exploded. The more free ranging I do, the more amazed I am by life, people and experiences. The more free ranging I do, the deeper my connection to my moments. Our roads in life should not be superhighways but rather, zig-zagging paths. There is always more to see on the road less traveled.
Dig deep – find the courage to change your perspective from fear to adventure. Ask “what if?” more. Say, “let’s try something new” instead of going with the routine – about anything. What could happen? You could stumble into the thing your life has been crying for. Or, you could find a few more things that are not for you. Either way, you are wiser.
Free range your life whenever you can. Wander, explore, investigate and be curious. Ask a lot of questions. Meet a lot of people. Be interested in everything. Then find the things that really move you and do more of those. How will you know unless you try?