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. -Jon Kabat-Zinn
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 stop navigating from the uninspiring mire which our addictions create that we get to live consciously and can 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 these patterns will be blatantly obvious as they will be undeniably life-affecting. Others may be more subtle, becoming more evident only after years of personal observation. But if we remain committed to a life of growth, opening more and more, we become available to the spirit of adventure that life can so naturally offer.