Travel and Adventure

Analysis of Adventure

Adventure is not as difficult as you think...

There are only 45 days until I depart for India – so I’ll be writing about my preparations and experiences every five days until I leave. You can find these quick posts in the new section ‘Travel and Adventure’. Thanks!

Over the last couple of weeks, as the news of my travel plans has rippled across the office and beyond, I’ve grimaced my way through conversations about how “brave” or “adventurous” my trip is more than a handful of times. While I take the compliment, I also take issue with how often ‘having an adventure’ feels as though it is regarded as unattainable or unrealistic. That makes me uncomfortable.

For me, a life can be defined by the stories we can tell in the Pub at the end of it.

That definition of a life-worth-living leaves plenty of room for subjectivity, right? We certainly all like stories of different kinds. Thankfully though, a good blend of risk to personal safety, challenge, comedy, drama, triumph and romance could be almost universally agreed to as elements of a good story – and therefore a good life.

In my humble opinion, ‘Adventurers’ are simply those who are out there earning their own stories – venturing off the well trodden path in search of something new and fascinating to talk about. They are embracing the unknown, for everything known can be planned for, risk managed and therefore sterilised as far as an intriguing plot line goes (you know – experiencing life through the condom of the Health and Safety executive…). They refuse to act the way society demands, forging a different way until they’ve found peace in the uniqueness of the stories they can tell. 

So to round back to the point – if you value your life and the unique and single opportunity you have to thrive, of course you’re going to head off in search of new experiences – and at some point those experiences are going to be far removed from what you’ve known and come with an element of danger. It’s no more ‘brave’ than it simply ‘is’ – and if you can’t see that, maybe you’re walking around with your eyes closed, stuck on the hamster wheel? As a close friend of mine said yesterday on the subject…

“It’s way more frightening to consider waking up at 50 and realising you’ve wasted the bulk of your life chasing things that don’t matter”

Anyone can start their own story, at any point. Just make a commitment, turn up and go along with the flow – the story will take care of itself!

Comments welcome! 

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6 comments on “Analysis of Adventure

  1. Hi Tom. 100% agree with you. Currently enjoying being a little out of my comfort zone in the Balkans.
    http://balkanbikeblitz.blogspot.rs/?m=1

    • Hi Andy – travelling solo too by the looks of it too, which always adds a little interest. Was over there a couple of years ago (though not quite as comprehensive) – enjoy it dude!

  2. I like that –

    For me, a life can be defined by the stories we can tell in the Pub at the end of it.

    It’s also very true that most people around you just don’t get it. They’re just comfortable running on that hamster wheel. I love riding a long way and the looks I get from work when they find out that I’ve been thousands of kilometres over the weekend – they just can’t fathom it

    • Agreed, there’s probably a good 50% totally happy to stick to the well trodden path – but where’s the fun in a life lived a billion times beforehand?
      Nice work! I bet the world shrinks a little once you cover that distance so quickly.

    • I remember reading a powerful piece by Ian McCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen many years ago after his dad died. He was reflecting on how he’d never really connected with his dad while he was alive and how he was blown away by something similar to, but subtly different from, your thought…it was the stories others told about his dad in the pub at the end of his life. Have a great adventure and touch the lives of the people you meet so they have wonderful stories to tell about you….whether you ever hear them or not.

      • It’s an incredible thought, isn’t it. Adventurousness as a trait often entails a constant urge to move. It’s important then that the impact we can make be careful and positive, lest we just be tourists.

        It’s also hard to fritter away a good story, which makes them a more valuable currency than currency!

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