THE QUIET QUEST

Never lose the thrill of life’s ad­ven­tures – even when mak­ing the mi­nut­est of de­ci­sions.

L'officiel Singapore - - L’opinion - BY JUSTIN CHEONG

So there I was, 400 ft above the sea, car­ried aloft by a parachute, teth­ered to and towed by a speed­boat – cer­tainly one of the, ahem, high points in my life. You might think it was a mo­ment of ex­hil­a­rat­ing ter­ror. Au con­traire, it was 15 min­utes of ex­quis­ite peace – the sort that sa­ti­ates any in­tro­vert’s predilec­tion for ad­ven­ture of the more tran­quil va­ri­ety. I like ad­ven­ture. I think it is im­per­a­tive that one never loses a sense of it, no mat­ter what one’s def­i­ni­tion of “ad­ven­ture” may be – be it a love for travel, ex­treme sports, or new gas­tro­nomic ex­pe­ri­ences; liv­ing vi­car­i­ously through mur­der-mys­tery thrillers and fan­tasy novels (as I do); in­dulging in the cheap thrill of flirt­ing with a col­league; part­ing ways with the com­fort of full-time em­ploy­ment to ex­plore the un­charted ter­ri­tory of free­lanc­ing; or mak­ing a vow to be some­one’s com­pan­ion for life.

It’s a fright­en­ing thing, stand­ing on the edge of a precipice. Maria in The Sound of Mu­sic sings, as she makes her way to the Von Trapp man­sion, “I’ve al­ways longed for ad­ven­ture, to do the things I’ve never dared. Now, here I’m fac­ing ad­ven­ture, then why am I so scared?” In­deed, it is the abil­ity to dis­re­gard that fear and take the plunge that sep­a­rates the ad­ven­tur­ous from the rest.

Ad­ven­ture isn’t al­ways about grandiose life­style pur­suits. It lies in the un­cer­tainty of the out­come of the de­ci­sions one makes ev­ery day, no mat­ter how cer­tain one is at the point of mak­ing them. It’s about one’s will­ing­ness to em­bark on lit­tle per­sonal jour­neys (with­out mak­ing a big show of it), not know­ing the de­noue­ment, yet em­brac­ing ev­ery­thing that comes along whole­heart­edly.

So I urge you – go ahead, do it: book that flight to Sval­bard, try an­other flavour other than chocolate, swipe right on Tin­der, hand in your res­ig­na­tion let­ter, ac­cept that job of­fer, chop your hair off, ask that guy out, add that Pe­tite Malle to cart, sign up for that Body At­tack class, forgo mar­ried life to take care of your el­derly folks, say “yes” with a pas­sion, say “no” with a vengeance, and never, ever re­gret fi­nally do­ing that thing you never dared.

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