You might be wondering why I started this blog, and why I gave it the name I did. Why am I Learning to Adventure?
Well, why not make yourself a brew, put your feet up and let me tell you a little bit about my life and how we got here…
I’m 28 years old and I can quite confidently say, I love my job. I’m one of the lucky few that wakes up each morning with excitement at the day ahead. I spend half my time being a digital marketing geek and the other half out and about taking photos and making videos of a whole load of amazingly exotic animals. It’s a dream come true.
I also have a fiance I absolutely love. We’ve been together for 8 years and will be getting married this Autumn. But that brings me to the thing I don’t love so much. His job.
He’s manager at a popular cocktail bar chain, which means he works nights. A lot of nights. In fact, so many nights that there came a point where I saw him for 2 hours in one entire week.
Don’t get me wrong. He enjoys what he does and that’s what matters most to me. We’ve talked about him leaving to find something new, but I’m not going to be the one to make him quit a job he loves.
For too long I let it get me down. I struggled with loneliness and I quite honestly, I felt lost. I made myself feel as though I couldn’t do anything I wanted to do – I couldn’t go out, I couldn’t work on the house, I couldn’t exist without him there.
I was living for my job and I was living for the rare evenings I got to see him.
That’s no life.
Then I had a little chat with myself. I gave myself a talking to.
I had to turn things around. I had to start learning to live by myself.
I thought about what that meant. What was it that really made ME happy? I’d existed for so long in a couple, I was struggling to find out what was important to ME.
The answer? Adventure.
I’m at my happiest when I’m adventuring. The idea of exploring somewhere new is the most exciting idea there is.
When I say adventure… I don’t just mean exotic globe-trotting adventures (although I do love those too). I mean all adventures. Big adventures. Little adventures. Everyday adventures.
That sense of adventure you get when you head to the airport for the holiday you’ve been dreaming of. The feeling of adventure when you head out on the road to discover a new place. The adventure of stumbling across something that makes you smile.
So that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to find adventure. I’m going to find adventure in the everyday. I’m going in search of those little moments of discovery and happiness that take us by suprise.
Learning to Adventure is my journey of self discovery and the search for happiness, and this blog is where I’ll be documenting the whole thing. The good, the bad and the downright ugly.
Maybe my journey will inspire you to do the same. Maybe it’ll help you find adventure. Or maybe it’ll just make you laugh.
Either way… I hope you’ll join me on this journey.