For men and women alike, this journey is a trajectory between birth and death, a human life lived. No one escapes the adventure. We only work on it differently.
Although it may not always feel like it, life is always an adventure. And our addicted lives are an important part of this adventure. Often, though, it is when we live unconsciously and automatically that we will feel the least adventurous. When we find ourselves in emotional ruts—patterns that we have not consciously chosen but live helplessly within—we will be the least awed by life. This is where a part of the motivation to work through our addictions will inevitably come from. It is only when we are not navigating from the uninspiring mire that our addictions create that we get to live consciously and discover the true adventure that underlies all of life. This is why it is so important to become conscious of our addictive patterns and mete them out. Some of our addictions will be blatantly obvious to us. Others may become evident only after years of conventional sobriety. But if we remain available to a life of growth, opening more and more as we grow, we remain open to the spirit of adventure that life so naturally offers.