Hello again, internet world. The last time I stepped into the Forum of Aditus Maximus was to write my first introductory blog. That post, titled “The Single Step“, symbolized my first hesitant attempt OUT of my spirit-draining corporate rut, and my first trepidatious step INTO the world of adventure blogging. Starting a blog felt like a pretty randomly impulsive thing to do at the time, and it still does now. But perhaps some vague form of the idea had long been stewing and brewing within me like a conjuring storm, waiting for the exact strike of lightning to ignite it into existence. I can’t define what the exact trigger was that inspired me of all people to make an adventure blog. Especially since by my standards, I’ve become boring as hell. Nothing of my life currently represents adventure, but instead reflects the chronic frustration of my corporate shackled imprisonment.
Perhaps, that frustration is exactly WHY I NEEDED to create a blog about adventure. Stepping into my cluttered and uninspired cubicle every Monday morning is the only thing that gets my heart racing these days, but not in a good way! It is clear that passion, excitement, and meaning are rapidly fading from my life. Writing about adventures while bound within the confinement of my corporate chains could be the perfect way to force myself to face this ever growing void in my soul. Perhaps I’ll feel much more motivated to chase adventure when I have a big blank blog staring me down, taunting my uninspired state, and threatening me into any sort of action.
With each passing day, it becomes more clear the need to escape my corporation imposed rut and rekindle the old fires of my imagination. Those fires once upon a time used to whisper to me of a thousand new places to visit, a thousand new things to try, and a thousand new people to meet. This invisible torch burned within my soul and relentlessly urged me forward. It promised me that there was an incredible life out there in a big limitless world. A world just waiting for me to come alive and go set it ablaze with an inferno of passion.
And so now, in an attempt to rekindle those fires of passion, I’ve created an adventure blog. For this second post, I’ll focus on elaborating the actual theme of this blog by defining my personal meaning and purpose of adventure itself.
What is Adventure to me?
Packing up my car and taking a cross-country road trip with my friends would be a memorable adventure. Training my body to face the elements and climb a mountain peak is a fantastic adventure. Quitting my job and moving to a third world country for the next ten years, that is almost too adventurous. Yet, despite the scale of ever increasing intensity, all of these activities all convey to me the very epitome of adventure. Travel, adrenaline, and outdoor physical activity.
But not all adventures have to be so big and grand. Huge expeditions require a lot of time, and a lot of money. Some people can find their sense of adventure in more simple terms. Perhaps in the novelty of visiting a new nearby town, or taking a risk with a new job. To some people, trying a new food at a new restaurant can be adventurous to them, or signing up for some new type of class.
Personally I am a big proponent of bigger adventures, I believe the more you put into an activity, the greater the rewards you get out of it. But I also acknowledge that degrees of adventure exist on a sliding scale and that an adventurous spirit can consistently be applied on various levels. This spirit can be kept fueled from something simple like visiting a new restaurant to something drastic like moving to a new continent. So, while I love big life changing adventures, I don’t define every adventure by the specific activity itself or its degree of intensity, but by the effect that the activity has on me and my life.
Therefore, for the purposes of this blog, and all my future blog posts:
An adventure is a new experience that pushes me out of my comfort zone, allowing me to shine with joy, to burn with passion, and to continuously grow and develop as a human and spiritual being.