What is adventure and why do we seek it?
A dictionary definition of ADVENTURE goes like this:
ad·ven·ture noun \əd-ˈven-chər\
1. An undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks, the encountering of risks, the spirit of adventure.
2. An exciting or remarkable experience that can be manifested in many ways.
3. An enterprise involving personal, physical, financial or other kind of risk.
But is this it? Is this adventure? Ask any two people you know and you will be surprised at the answers you get. Some might sound vaguely like the definition above but none will be the same.
Then ask the same people what adventures they have personally had and you might be even more surprised with the answers you get.
Adventure is like beauty, and as Shakespeare would say, in the eye or in this case the spirit or experience of the beholder. It is truly personal and nearly indefinable.
But deliberately or not we experience adventure every day. Deliberate adventurers set out to experience people, places and things in a new or unexplored ways.
Others find adventures thrust upon them by circumstances. Sometimes they work out for the best, sometimes not.
In fact, Roald Amundsen, the great Norwegian explorer of Polar Regions said this kind of adventure, is
” just bad planning.”
The best adventures are those we deliberately pursue. But even the best planned adventure can have unintended consequences, those being adventures unto themselves.
Will Steger, by some people’s definition, “America’s greatest adventurer” said “it’s all in the experiencing”. And maybe that is the best definition. Adventure is all about the experience and knowledge we and others gain from it.
From Sir Edmund Hillary to Neil Armstrong to the family on summer vacation to the weekend warrior at a Tough Mudder event, we are all in search of that indefinable something for us to experience individually or to share with others.
Everyone should experience adventure each and every day.
Wilferd Peterson gave us this advice, which is in essence the theme of Art of Adventure.
” A man practices the Art of Adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new places, making new friends, taking up new hobbies and adopting new viewpoints.” Wilferd Peterson
Those are things all of us can do to enrich our lives and the lives of others. Beyond that, there is a whole world to explore and enjoy. It may be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, sailing around the world or learning to fly. But for others it may be the pleasure of reading a good book, meeting new people and learning to see things from the others persons point of view. In all cases it is adventure.
So why do we pursue adventure? “Because it’s there”, it’s the spirit of adventure is in all of us.
Why Explore the Adventurous Life? Because it’s there
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