Foot worms and Adventures in Living and Giving.

Living and Giving

Last night I had the privilege of meeting adventurer, philanthropist and author Erin Michelson.

Erin Michelson

Erin Michelson – Source GoErinGo.com

Erin who runs a personal Blog GoErinGo.com was doing a road show at a local REI in Las Vegas to promote her book,

Adventure Philanthropist – Great Adventures Volunteering Abroad.

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Adventure – Philanthropist by author and adventurer, Erin Michelson

However, her presentation sponsored by REI was not so much about promoting her book, as it was promoting the idea of philanthropy and adventure. By definition philanthropy is “the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money or personal time to good causes”.

And adventure, at least in Erin’s case meant a two year journey to more than 70 countries on all seven continents living and giving of her personal time and money.

To paraphrase a National Geographic article on Michelson, “Along the way, she donated time and money to humanitarian causes—including, impoverished communities in Uganda, HIV/hAIDS organizations in Ethiopia, and housing initiatives in the Philippines. She has also connected with local communities in ways that casual tourists can’t.”

Michelson says, “Adventure philanthropy is a lifestyle that makes giving part of your life and your travels.” And while her contributions to the people, communities and countries she visited and served are enormous there were also costs and other dangers.

Foot worms and other adventures

While she travels alone Erin rarely plans a particular itinerary preferring to just show up and see what the needs are. She has had some pretty scary things happen to her during her travels including being mugged a couple of times and kidnapped in Viet Nam, but she has never been seriously hurt.

One of her more intriguing experiences was when she discovered worms growing out of the bottom of her feet. That’s right, worms growing out of the bottom of her feet. She believes she got them near a beach in Tofo, Mozambique.

Want to see the outcome? See the video below.

 

Volunteering abroad & your own backyard

Most of us will never endeavor to do what Erin has done, but we can all learn a great deal about the love of adventure and giving of ourselves. Erin will tell you herself that what she accomplished and is still pursuing is not for everyone.

But she will also tell you that we all can contribute and learn something each and every day. Give to your church, synagogue or other charitable organization. Buy those Girl Scout cookies. Volunteer you time to help others in your own back yard.

Then, if you have the desire and the courage take it one step further. Go to another city, state or country and give of yourself there. You can make a difference. Erin did and so can you.

Want to be inspired more? Get her book here.

Want to know more about Erin and volunteer travel? Go here. GoErinGo.com

Until next time…. Keep living adventurously.

Nicolas Hale
The Adventure Insider

 

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You have minutes to live, now what?

Minutes to Live

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”This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.” The Minimalists

You’ve got minutes to live. That’s right, minutes. It may be 1 or nearly 41 Million depending on when you were born. No one however, knows how many you have left, not even you, unless you deliberately end it by yourself or you are a criminal on death row with a time that is certain.

It’s estimated that the average person in the United States living today will have a life expectancy of 77.7 years; that’s 28,360.5 days; 680,652 hours or 40,839,120 minutes. Second by second, minute by minute and day by day your life ticks away like a metronome or the beating of your heart.

Most people are undecided on whether or not they would like to know the date of their death. But would you if you could, want to know?

While it is not possible to know the exact time and date of your death, it is possible to estimate how long you might have to live from today and that alone can be sobering and thought provoking enough.

How long will YOU live?

Do you want to know approximately how long you have left? It just might make you think twice about what you will do with the time you have remaining.

If you do, go here. It’s the official Social Security Administration website’s Life Expectancy Calculator. Plug in you gender and date of birth. For example, if you were a woman born January 14, 1971, you have approximately 41 years left to live. If you are lucky; you might make it to around age 85. However if you are a man born July 27, 1958 you have about 27 years left to go.

So go ahead, if you dare and see how much time you might have left. Go here.

SS website

Multiply the number of years you have left times 526,176 minutes to get the total number of minute you might have left. And while that number may sound large, bear in mind that in reading this post you have used about 6 of them.

Your most precious thing.

So now is the time to decide, how will you spend the minutes you have left? Your time is the most precious thing you posess on this earth. Will you squander it or invest it wisely? Mark Twain, an American author and humorist had these words of wisdom to offer:

Mark Twain, Riverboat, Steamship, Adventure

He said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

We think Mark Twain was on to something. While it might be prudent to invest your time in “Blue Chip” investments, you should also invest a good portion of it in more speculative ventures and adventures. You never know when one of those might pay off in ways you could never have imagined.

So, ‘Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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Why your landscape photos are valuable.

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Sierra Nevada Mountains – Source – ArtofAdventure.Net

I think landscape photography in general is somewhat undervalued.
Galen Rowell

Whether you are a professional photographer or amateur weekend warrior, it does not matter; you have a unique vision of the world. It also does not matter how you capture your vision of the landscape you see, whether it’s with your smartphone, old school 35mm film camera, Polaroid, or expensive digital camera.

What does matter is that you take the shot and then share it with the world. Every photograph is as different as the finger that presses the shutter to capture it and can never be duplicated by anyone else. It’s one of a kind. That in itself makes it uniquely rare and therefore, valuable.

And speaking of valuable, watch for our “Plant the Flag” Photo Contest coming soon. We will have some unique and valuable prizes for you to win. So start thinking now of some interesting shots that will incorporate the Art of Adventure flag.  Now here’s more about wilderness photographer and climber, Galen Rowell.

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Galen Rowell – Source thephoblographer.com

Galen Avery Rowell was born in Oakland, California, he became a full-time photographer in 1972. Rowell was introduced to the wilderness at a very young age and began climbing mountains at the age of ten. For the next 52 years, he climbed mountains and explored the wilderness. He began taking pictures on excursions into the wild so he could share his experiences with friends and family. After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1958, he stayed in Berkeley to study physics at the University of California but dropped out after four years to pursue his love of climbing. He was never formally trained as a photographer but became one of the most renowned. **

Here is an excellent book by Galen Rowell, “Mountain Light, In Search of the Dynamic Landscape”. This book will help you understand the art and philosophy of great landscape photography and maybe give you some ideas next time you are out in the wild.

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** Source – en.wikipedia.org/