What is adventure?
Adventure means a lot of different things to different people. For me it is a lifestyle. To live an adventurous lifestyle doesn’t mean you have to go bungee jumping or skydiving every day (although both of those things are awesome!). What it means is that you spend your life continuously seeking out new experiences, as opposed to living a life of monotony.
Living an adventurous lifestyle means that every day you salivate at the thought of getting involved with something you have never done before. For example, as I am writing this, I am planning to attend a curling drop in session for the first time ever later tonight. I know almost nothing about curling, except that it’s played on ice, you need a broom and it looks ridiculous. What makes it exciting is that it’s something I have never done before and I have no idea what to expect.
So why am I going? Nobody asked me, I’m not getting paid and I don’t know anyone else that does it.
The reason is that it will be an adventure. In my experience, 100% of the times that I have tried new things in the past (which is a LOT of times) I have not regretted it. Usually what I experience is the opposite of regret – also known as having the best time ever.
I will be going to a place I have never been before, meeting people I have never met before and participating in a sport which seems completely alien to me. There is a 100% chance I will learn some new things about the world. I will meet new people who will probably turn out to be awesome (most people actually are) and who knows, maybe curling is what I was put on this planet to do. Maybe I will be a natural and in a few year be competing in the olympics. Probably not, but who cares. I have no doubt whatsoever that I will thoroughly enjoy myself simply because everything will be new to me.
I left home in January 2013 and since then I have been travelling the world and trying new things almost every single day and I can honestly say that my life has been infinitely enriched.
So what about you? When was the last time you went on a real adventure?
Hopefully not too long ago, but if it was then don’t worry. The next adventure is always just around the corner, for those who are looking.
If you are not looking for it then I ask you: Why not? What’s stopping you?
Usually what’s stopping people is the same thing that used to stop me before I knew what I was capable of. Fear. Self doubt.
Simply not knowing that you can literally do ANYTHING with your life that you want to. For some reason that is rarely a lesson we are taught when we are growing up. Sure, people tell you that when you are younger, but usually these are the same people telling you how important it is to get a stable job when you are a bit older. The same people who are telling you it’s a good idea to buy a house so that you have financial security in the future.
Just because people in the movies get a 9-5 job, buy a house, fall in love, get married, have kids and “live happily ever after” doesn’t mean that’s the only way you can be happy. There are so many other ways. I had a great life when I was living in Australia, but I simply didn’t realise the potential options which were available to me until I started travelling and seeing other people doing those things.
So many people go to work every day and hate their jobs. I don’t understand this. There are millions of jobs available out there and you can make a living doing almost anything, literally (and I mean literally). Why settle for anything less than something you love? Just because you love something doesn’t mean you can’t make a living doing it.
What you will find in this site are stories, advice and photos of my adventures. I offer ideas, advice and encouragement for those of you who want to make a change in their life and escape monotony. My number one tip is to travel. It’s easy to read everything I am writing here but I bet it’s hard to believe. Go on an extended trip away from your home town, away from the place you feel most comfortable and then try to tell me you don’t believe me. It simply won’t happen.