Adventure doesn’t have to be big

Adventure.  Everyone wants more but has no idea where to get it.  We know it’s good for our heart and soul.  And sometimes our legs and lungs.  Yet, it seems, less and less of us are adventuring.


Adventure is a huge part of our make up.  We as a human race traveled across mountain ranges just to see what was on the other side.  Risking life and the lives of the ones we love.


We hopped on rickety boats and sailed across the world.  We climbed mountains without supplemental oxygen, technical gear, or a stairmaster to train on.


So, we know it’s a part of what makes us human.  And yes, people are still going on amazing adventures.  We share their stories on podcasts like the Athlete On Fire show and Instagram feeds are inundated with tons of adventurers sharing their views and their thoughts on their experiences.


But, for every modern traveler with 80 thousand followers, how many of us are out there doing our thing?  Finding our adventure?  I don’t know.  But let’s at least make it easier to justify.


Adventure doesn’t have to be BIG.  I mean, it can be, but then you may just wait until everything is perfect and that’s just silly.  The best adventures are the ones that are not even close to perfect. A bad day in the woods is a much better memory than an uneventful one.


Some ways to think about what an adventure is today:

1. It’s something other people aren’t willing to do.

Going for a run at midnight or 4am in the morning in and of itself is an adventure.  Your senses are heightened. The same route you’d take in the middle of the day is completely different.  Just change one variable of a typical thing and it becomes adventurous.

2. Be willing to go somewhere different (MICRO).

This is a quite literal way of thinking of adventure.

You know what, hundreds of people climb Everest every year.

Thousands visit Machu Picchu.

That little grassy knoll on the side of the road 3 miles from your house though, probably noone has been up there in decades.  Find small ways to go places others aren’t going.


A friend and I were up in South Dakota recently.  We didn’t feel like driving to a trail head so we geared up and headed out the lodge and across the street.  We ducked into the woods and started climbing.  Snow fields and brush and downed trees.  We kept hiking and freaking ended up at the top of a ski resort.  Unique, unknown, and adventurous for sure.

3. Be willing to go somewhere different, to you.

So you live in the country, go visit the nearest city and go for a run. Hit up the stairwells of the biggest hotel.  New places are invigorating even if they are a few miles aways.  Same for you city dwellers.  Find dirt, play in it.

4. Get uncomfortable.

Raining out, hit the streets. Snowstorm coming?  Bundle up and get out there.  Being uncomfortable changes the stimulus.  Changed stimulus helps us take the world in in a different way.


Now, can you start thinking of adventure differently?  We have hundreds of ideas, and we’ll share more but for now get out there and adventure a little more.


Have fun adventure ideas?  Let us know in the comments!


The author is the host and founder of Athlete On Fire.  Every once in awhile, he blogs about real stuff and adventures as much as he possibly can in his home state, Colorado.
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