A Lifestyle Guide for the Modern Adventurer

This is part of a new series called “How to be Adventurous,” a weekly column that focuses on practical tips, age old wisdom, new age discoveries and big ideas, all to help you cut through the nonsense and start fitting more adventure into your life. Where you can, how you can. To have it delivered right to your email, just subscribe to the Newsletter.

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Are you just going to sit there? You have mountains to climb!

We’re talking about both kinds – real and figurative. That big rocky thing with the trees is a mountain, but so is your life. As long as you have goals it is.

Ambitions. Dreams. Call them what you want, they’re all at the top of the mountain. If you’re lucky, you can just barely glimpse them from where you’re standing now. But even if they’re so far away you need binoculars just to glimpse them, you know they’re up there.

The question to ask yourself is how many of them are you going to go out and get? Or in this case, go up and get. How many times will you lace up those hiking boots, pack a bag full of craisins, and go out to take what’s yours - or what you’d like­ to be yours?

Life is a progress, not a station. And ships are safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships were built for. We say, progress as far as you possibly can. And when you get tired but haven’t quite made it to the top, sit down and have some trail mix. Listen to the birds for a while. Take a few deep breaths and smell the pine fresh air. Then get up and progress some more.

It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. And the most important ingredient isn’t speed, but consistency. Show up every day. Wake up and look your mountain in the face – whether it’s covered in trees and squirrels, tough human relationships, or the challenges of your life’s work.

Take a few good steps every day, and one day you’ll wake up at base camp. True, you’ll still have a long way to go. But you’ll be on your way. And once you’ve come this far, there’s no turning back. And secretly we all want to reach the point of no return, so we can finally drop this heavy ass bag of excuses we’ve made for ourselves.

You might also find that even getting to basecamp is an accomplishment, filled with entertaining characters wandering from tent to tent in knitted sweaters with mugs of hot cocoa, talking about their plans to reach the top. It’s the club of people who ‘went for it,’ but who arent quite there yet. Basecamp is a good place to be.

Trump said Make America Great Again. But America isn’t some busted up old Chevy; it’s a giant collection of personal lives and relationships. So is every other country (duh!). We say make your own life great again, and the nation will be fixed in the process.

But where to begin? Where do we start the laborious, taxing, confusing job of righting our own messy lives?

At the bottom of the mountain, of course.

So pack your bag. And pack it good, because this journey is not a joke. It’s your life, damn it! And even if it’s only a day hike, it’s still your life. The way you do one thing is the way you do everything. You can go at it full on, or you can meander and dilly-dally. So do it well, but in the end, make like Frank Sinatra and do it your way.

It’s your mountain, so technically we can’t tell you how to climb it. All we hope is that you’ll try. That after you’re done getting all the right gear, all the right education, and making all the right social media posts, that you’ll actually go out and climb it.

Your life, or the mountain. Or both. Is there really a difference?

 

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