Are You a Victim or an Adventurer?

Are You a Victim or an Adventurer?

Never mind the dictionary definitions of these words. I’m talking about these ones:

Victim: one who feels he or she is always getting the short end of the stick, who always has troubles galore and lives beneath a dark cloud.

Adventurer: one who accepts everything as it comes in life, takes a deep breath and says, what are we going to do about it, or simply jumps into the experience with both feet, smiling.

It’s a tough question to answer because chances are we’ve all been stuck in the victim mode at times. I believe Newton’s Law of Motion helps us out here: “every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.” Fortunately, an external force is always applied. It’s called Life.

I’ve been a victim at times. No question about it. I wrote about it here, and how I moved out of it here. Life moved me. It has a tendency to do that.

Julie has been writing about her adventures with a goat given to her by her husband for her Birthday. Her attitude is amazing! She could allow herself to feel victimized by this intruder in her home (I’m quite sure I would), but she chooses to look at it as an adventure. Impressive! Julie doesn’t know what’s around the corner but she does know it will be anything but boring. She is a true adventurer in my books! I want to be more like her.

Are you an adventurer or a Victim? If you made the switch how did you do it? What external [life] force helped you make the shift?

Photo credit: Kristina

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About The Author


I am passionate about writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age, now available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. I never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?