Creative Juice: Three Things All Adventures Have In Common

January 12, 2015

Everyone likes an adventure, right?

I think so. Humans live for adventure, whether we think of ourselves as “adventurous” or not. Some of us really do go out on great escapades, conquering mountains, forests or water. Other people find adventure through their ambition and work. Some of us find adventure with our children.

Even when we are not adventuring, humans live vicariously with adventurers, through stories, music, art or film. We crave the fantasy of leaving our little box, as much as we crave the security that the box offers.

I think though, that far too often, we sell ourselves short when it comes to adventures. We think that an adventure is something that we have all planned out. We think we have to have all the tools and skills and itinerary before we set foot. So we plan and plan, and we procrastinate and say “not yet,” because we aren’t quite “ready.” But the biggest, most exciting adventures that any of us have ever had probably had a few things in common:

We stopped planning and just went. We are so interested in the idea of controlling our environment, that we probably forego a lot of adventures, simply because we spend too much time trying to figure out how the adventure will end before it has even begun. None of us know how this life will turn out…well, unless we just stay home. Then it’s a pretty safe bet.

We were not entirely equipped. I love camping stores, but if you have ever been in one, you know, there is a huge market for gadgets and gear, all of which does one thing for the adventurer. We are so obsessed with having every little piece of equipment, every shiny little tool, that we forget that our biggest asset is probably our own ingenuity.

We enjoyed the element of risk. Our modern lives are so sanitized of any feeling of risk, that we have become averse to feeling any at all. But no adventures were conquered without some small risk, some itty bitty, (even imaginary) sense of danger. It is the rush of being on unfamiliar ground that has driven human history. Now that we have traded that pioneer spirit for the comfort of our “man caves,” our own personal histories might become far less interesting.

You know, I was surprised to find someone else who embraced the spirit of adventure.

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Talk about someone who didn’t plan her adventure, was not equipped, and wasn’t even sure where her adventure would lead.

Maybe today is calling you to a new adventure.