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What is an Adventure?

by Steve on March 3, 2014

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines adventure as an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks and/or an exciting or remarkable experience. I was thinking this week, after recording the interview with Sam Manicom, what is an adventure?

Sam, and many like him, have quit their jobs, sold their belongings, and saddled up for adventures that take them far from home for an extended period of time, often times for a year or more. I have had a desire to do something akin to that but circumstances don’t allow me at the present time.

So, I got to thinking. If one has only a month, could we still be considered to be on an adventure ride? What about a week? Can adventure be found in a weekend ride or even a day? Sure we all dream of seeing the sights in far away, distant lands. We wonder what it would be like to experience the cultures in different countries. Could you see yourself jumping up to participate in a tribal dance? What are your thoughts about trying unfamiliar food so that you do not show disrespect to your hosts? Maybe that food is just the danger Merriam-Webster was referring to?

But for many of us, those dreams have to remain just that for the time being. Dreams. I am of the opinion that adventure can be had when your time is limited to a short period. I put the question out to my twitter followers and some friends and the best quotes that I received came from the same person.

Both of these came from my twitter friend Paul Crouch who is known as @Outsider73 Paul commented that his idea of adventure is, “doing something new, going somewhere different, works for me. I could ride all day just following the front wheel, bliss!” Paul also had this to say, “Adventure is a state of mind :-)” I think Paul and I are on the same page.

So, if life has you tied close to home for the time being, don’t fret. You can make adventure in one day. Don’t wait. Step out and enjoy yourself soon.

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