HOW TO BE ADVENTUROUS - THE SERIES
The Hard Road to Adventure
If you’re up for chasing adventure, you better be ready for challenges.
And we aren’t just talking about finding the long-lost granola bar at the bottom of your 58L pack.
Adventure involves nature, and that old girl is full of surprises. Think of it as a Pinata. Who knows what’s coming when it finally cracks?
That’s why you’ll need to bring your love of learning on the road with you. Come to adventure with an empty head, then cram it like you cram your day pack. The difference is you’ll be replacing the trail mix with hard earned knowledge and experience.
Adventure is about the journey, not the destination. And successful adventurers are in love with the process.
The process is more important than the goal.
The goal is certainly important. If you desire nothing more than to whip out that slick new Canon 5D Mark IV to take the most banging mountain landscape sunset shots, that's awesome! You’ve already got one piece of the puzzle figured out - a goal. That’s a good thing to have, like the North Star that guided the wise men, one of which you may be.
Just remember that goals are always changing. Once you reach one, you have set up another. The way to fulfillment isn’t achieving goals - it's pursuing them. That’s where the real learning happens.
Ever reached a goal and then felt a bit empty inside, like what do I do now? Because getting there never mattered; it was the process you were in love with.
Here’s a cliche: “Step out of your comfort zone”. If you have Instagram, you’ve likely heard it so many times it’s lost all value.
But cliches are there for a reason, like little nuggets of wisdom that get passed around too often. Just because they’re popular doesn’t mean they aren’t true.
We’d like to ante up on that. Step out of your comfort zone with intention to fail. Flop on purpose. When you pick yourself up you’ll know more than when you started, and more than the folks that are standing around watching.
Those failures along the way will bring you real benefit.
Take a tumble under the chairlift on those brand new ski-legs. Spend 3 weeks feeling like you’ve wasted $2000 on a new camera you have no idea how to use.
These moments should be enjoyed.
The point is to keep pushing, keep learning, and keep inviting new challenges.
This is what adventure is all about. This is stepping out of your comfort zone with a larger goal in mind.
Jim Croce said he “learned the hard way every time.”
The punchline was he “wouldn’t have done it any other way.”
The quickest way to short yourself is to go looking for hacks, shortcuts, and giving up after your 34th fall off your skis. When you feel the aching urge to rush through the learning process or give up - pull your socks up, wipe your goggles off, or whatever it is you need to do, and keep going. Those are the moments you'll learn the most from.