I’ve talked a lot about why adventure is important and how we can learn from others, but now it’s time to go back to basics and think about what adventure actually means.
If you ask the Oxford English Dictionary, it would tell you that adventure is “an unusual and exciting or daring experience”. So why is it that our society has grown to only look at BIG adventures as being true adventures?
Adventure is a state of mind. Adventure is about trying something new, getting out of your comfort zone, opening your mind and embracing the world around you. Adventure can be found all around us, the only catch is we have to be willing to let it in. Simply breaking from your routine is an adventure in itself.
Let’s be realistic here, not everyone wants to give up their lifestyle to travel the world full time. Not everyone wants to climb the world’s highest mountains and cycle the world’s longest roads. Some people do want to, and that’s great. But those people shouldn’t be the only ones who are entitled to call themselves adventurers. You don’t need to travel the world to find adventure and beauty.
I don’t know about you, but I work 45 hours a week in a job I love. My other half works even longer hours in a job he loves just as much. That doesn’t leave us much time for travelling to far flung places in search of new experiences. Sure, we love travelling the world and we do it when we can, but in reality we can squeeze in a big trip maybe once a year if we’re lucky.
The important thing here is that I don’t resent that fact. If I did, I would just pack it all in and travel full time. I love my life and I love my job. But I also love the thrill of an adventure.
Why should we hold ourselves back to only life an extraordinary life once in a while? Why can’t we just look for the extraordinary in the every day?
That’s where everyday adventures come in, and that’s why I’m focussing my energy on finding that feeling of adventure in a short space of time, in a place that’s not a million miles away.
It’s hard to define what an Everyday Adventure looks like – because if the very meaning of adventure is something unusual or exciting – then surely the reality of that will be different for every single person.
All I can do is speak from my own mind and explain how I can make my world a little bit more exciting every day. If you’re in a similar position to me, maybe these adventures will strike a chord with you. If not, don’t be afraid to define our own Everyday Adventures.
It doesn’t matter what you do. It matters that you do something. Something you’ll remember. Something that excites you. Something that will make you feel alive.
The first step to adventuring is to open your mind. You won’t be able to embrace adventure if you always see the bad in things, if you’re a glass half empty kind of person.
You must first learn to see the good in life. See a rainstorm and be excited about dancing in it. Look at a long journey as a way to see the world around you. Embrace everything as a new opportunity for adventure.