It’s Tuesday, 9:30 am sitting in your cube or office. Your email inbox is like trench warfare: progress is measured in inches. Or maybe it is more like a river, where the more you paddle, the more water there is around the corner, never quite reaching the source. Although everything is urgent, time ceases to have meaning with each day just like the last; your life turned into a giant blob of sameness. Wait, you’re late for that meeting where you are being “reached out to” and will come back to even more emails and endless “action-items” that if are not completed, you’ll have to go back to the 7th grade and start all over.
Or maybe, your life is more of the blue collar bent. You punch in, walk over to your desk and see the endless palettes of product that need to either be shipped or moved around the inventory room. The boxes are the same shape, color and location as yesterday. You look up counting down your first 5 minutes off on the way to the 5:00 pm whistle. It all morphs into a giant-blob of sameness.
This is refrain that is told so regularly to me as someone who sold everything and threw aside this way of living to create PathWrangler. People who are exhausted from the giant-blob, are regularly looking for that outlet that reattaches themselves to the world and gives them ownership and meaning again. Young/old, married/single, male/female, gay/straight, CEO/bus boy, doesn’t matter. The answers lie not in an end-point, but in another pursuit, that of adventure: get outside, go somewhere new, personally engage in the environment.
The problem for most people is not convincing them that a little adventure would go a long way, but how does one go about doing it? The rationalizations usually start just after you hear or read about something adventurous: “don’t have enough vacation time,” “short on money,” “family commitments,” “I’m not in good enough shape,” “I don’t have a cool new Gortex jacket,” “I’m going to miss American Idol.” Good news, I can help with all of these, even your fear of missing who got voted island this week (they still vote people off the island on American Idol, right?).
Let us start by being clear: you don’t need to be planning a two-month long Himalayan climb or an expensive International extravaganza to far off lands to pursue a little adventure. You also don’t need to quit your job in hopes that something bigger and better is going to solve all your problems. Hard-core adventurers like Alastair Humphries–a guy who rode his bike around the entire world–have been dedicated to bringing adventure to the masses through a simple, but incredibly meaningful concept: the micro-adventure:
And yet you do not need to fly to the other side of the planet to undertake an expedition. You do not need to be an elite athlete, expertly trained or rich to have an adventure. Adventure is a state of mind. I believe that adventure is about stretching yourself: mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, seeing things with fresh and open eyes, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.
If this is true then adventure is accessible to everybody, everywhere, in short segments of time and without having to spend much money.
If it is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Even round the M25.
The economy continues to be rocky, our time commitments are not getting any easier and our friends and family need our attention. I understand these things aren’t going away, so we’ll be spending some significant time here sharing with you ways that you can honor the commitments you have, while injecting adventure back into your life. No one should have to take out more loans or get that second job to experience adventure.
Why is a state of adventure a great place for you? There are no hierarchies here. No lines in front of the club where only the pretty girls get in first and you get watered down vodka tonics in a plastic cup. There is no emails from your boss giving you another meeting to attend or no orders coming in that need immediate fulfillment or you will be sent down the slide in the garbage bin of the Chocolate Factory. Here is a place where exactly who you are and what challenges you are the only things that matter.
We’ll be dedicating some space here to give you some insights on how to do your own Micro-Adventures. If you’re like me, the thought of a little daily/weekly/monthly adventure is surely an exciting one.