Adventure. You’re heart begins to pound as adrenaline rushes through your system, enlivening your senses, charging your emotions, which begin to strain under the tension, filling every hidden crevasse in your being–no matter how deep–with an electric balm that soothes the mind and itches the spirit to go further; it itches insatiably to go further.
This is the feeling that I believe every human being yearns to feel. We catch echoes of it occasionally. However, in the backs of our minds, we wonder if this feeling is real.
I heard an excellent speech once in which the speaker instructed us on how to not achieve our dreams. One of her main points was this: in order to not achieve your dream, you have to believe that the dream itself is the goal.
That is one of the most valid truths ever spoken. It is the key to living life. So many people say “Someday I will do (this), when I am (financially stable, physically at my peak, my kids are all grown)”. “Someday” is the enemy of life. Even if “someday” you go on that adventure and feel the Thrill, that thrill is temporary. Ask yourself if you are willing to wait and work untold years in order to experience a few short moments of thrill. Wouldn’t it be better to live a lifestyle of adventure?
Most people would say that is impossible for the average joe. People have jobs, families, and responsibilities to take care of. People don’t have the money or the time. It is impossible.
People also have a misconception of adventure.
You have a one-in-a-million chance of adventure seeking you out in everyday life. You have a 100% chance of finding adventure if you look for it. How do you have a certain chance of finding adventure if you seek it? When you set your face like flint and determine to find adventure, you begin a journey. Every journey, no matter its duration, will surprise and test you. The entire universe will conspire to test your determination.
Believe it or not, that is adventure. To be stuck between a rock and a hard place, to be uncomfortable, is actually adventure.
Microadventure Idea: Island Home
Every journey to seek out adventure starts with one critical step: out your proverbial front door. Most people, however, do not have the luxury of going on multi-month searches for adventure. Therefore, we humbly bring to your attention the “microadventure”. The microadventure is an adventure that lasts anywhere from 12-72 hours. It is the encapsulation of the phrase “I once was blind, now I see.” because the microadventure is about seeing with new eyes the world that you might see every day. The brilliance of this concept (which is not actually new) is that everyone can do it.
Our microadventure idea for today is called the “island home”. If you have ever read Swiss Family Robinson (Johann David Wyss) or Voyage of the Dawn Treader (C.S. Lewis), then you have probably, like us, dreamed of exploring islands. If you live near the ocean, a lake, or a river, you probably can! Take a day trip and find an island or several islands to explore.
A really fun iteration of this idea is to find an island and camp on it. Bring your bivvy bag, some food, a waterproof bag, and maybe a friend or two. When Alastair Humphreys (the man behind the phrase microadventure) did this microadventure, he swam out to an island with his friends in the freezing cold!
Go out this week or weekend and find an island home. Your island might be the size of a postage stamp, but it will be your island for the time your on it.
Peace be with you,