Level Up Your Idea of Adventure

Sorry, but going out to a new restaurant or even a new part of town with your friends isn’t quite an adventure. Neither is going on a hike on the trail near town.

This is (sadly) what many young people mean when they talk about how they’re the kind of people who like to “go on adventures.”

Will they get novelty? Maybe. But in neither case are they exposing themselves to any significant amount of risk or discomfort or transformation. So there’s a problem when “adventurous” becomes a term the average person uses to describe average activities. The whole “venture” part loses its meaning.

Want a real adventure? Let’s talk about walking across America, or dogsledding, or sailing across an ocean. Adventure is a concept that demands more from you than you’re quite ready for. And continuing to describe your Saturday night outings as “adventures” does not make them so.

Don’t get me wrong: micro-adventures are wonderful. And any step into the unknown requires courage and provides some adventure. But it would be a shame to allow ourselves to cheapen the term “adventure” so much to justify our low-risk living as somehow bold.

Keep leveling up your adventures. Once you hit once plateau – one new comfort zone – get ready to go to the next one. Let the reality – not the laurels – of adventure be yours.

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James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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