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When Will You Accept The Adventure That Is Your Life?

Synchronicity is a happy and overlooked force in our lives…



I sat down to a blank writing slate today, listening to the Man on Wire soundtrack – one of my favorite films about Philippe Petit’s extraordinary wire walk between the World Trade Center towers in 1974…


I was determined to grab a story from the jaws of a vicious and growing inbox beast…


Setting out to do this difficult task came on the heels of fixing the blinds in my living room last night, something I dreaded doing. The blinds are an old school, heavy wooden number and require loading a rope, that raises and lowers the blinds, onto a dangerous, coiling spring. Repairing them is unpleasant like how I imagine fixing a drawbridge must have been…


Encouraged by my success, I started the day invigorated. And I was further rewarded for facing intimidating work head-on by coming across an invitation to look at ZIDILIFE.



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ZIDILIFE is “a life action brand and social community with a purpose: we’re here to liberate our readers from the daily grind and to inspire them through cool stories and shared experiences.”


The website was born after a month-long, life-changing trip to Africa taken by founder Christian Sommer – an exercise in stepping outside of comfort zones and into the adventure of self-discovery.


Part of ZIDILIFE’s mission is to bring positive and inspirational stories to life on the web. Co-founder Steve Whyley interviews others who’ve taken leaps of faith and shares their remarkable journeys. Featured individuals include Kate Russell of the BBC, Grace Garey (co-founder of Watsi), artists, entrepreneurs and a diverse cast of stirring people.


I was riveted by the history of “extreme endurance adventurer” Sean Conway. His physical (and mental) accomplishments are mind blowing, the stuff of legend. What’s maybe impressed me though as much as his feats of stamina are these words of his:



“Adventure isn’t always about climbing mountains and rowing oceans. It’s a way of thinking, it’s the way you perceive the environment you are in.”


Easy for us to forget that our lives afford us all the adventure we will ever know or might ask for.


Rooted in Swahili, “zidi” charges the website ZIDILIFE with a sense of purpose – to help others to “go beyond, become greater, grow, do more, increase, surpass, continue, keep doing.” If the stories and people here can’t point you toward the adventure awaiting you, they will no doubt provide ample encouragement for staying on track, as well as good company.


So, fixing the blinds isn’t the same as swimming the length of a country. The satisfaction – scratch that. The exhilaration – found in doing the work that we resist or find impossible is similar however, no matter the scale of the undertaking.


Have a read around or sign up for a subscription of weekly inspiration. You won’t be disappointed. With the right mindset, starting with small measures…


Will your story join the collection?


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Author : Keith Liles

Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying "yes" to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he's asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.

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