Take a look in the dictionary, and you’ll read that an adventure is ‘An unusual, exciting, or daring experience.’ Or something along those lines, anyway.
Is the guy climbing the Rockies on an adventure? What about somebody taking a weird route home, or the office worker who gets to know her city a little better over lunch? We say yes to all three, and everything else in between.
Many people, us included, used to dream of doing something big – like scaling a mountain, or seeing every last corner of the world. (And hey, we still do, don’t get the wrong idea.) But you know, when that happens, you’re kind’ve putting your dream on this hard-to-reach pedestal. We bet that for every one that gets there, there’ll be three – probably more – that won’t.
Sounds a little pessimistic, maybe. But take a second to think about it. Why do so many people never get to live that one big adventure? Is it that, deep down, they don’t really want it? Highly doubtful. It’s more likely that life gets in the way – you know, ‘I’m too busy’, or ‘Work’s too hectic; all I wanna do when I get home is chill out.’
With a small adventure, you can get your fix every single day if you want to. Just because you’re not climbing a sheer icy cliff face, doesn’t mean your experience isn’t unusual, exciting, or daring. It all depends on who you are, and where you set your goalposts. Maybe you’re an avid explorer, setting weeks and months aside to get out into the wilderness and push yourself to your absolute limit. That’s awesome. Maybe you’re super busy, and you’re happy to try out a new part of town. That’s awesome too.
We’re not adventure snobs – and we’re sure not here to tell you that one person’s experience is better or more adventurous than someone else’s. We’re ambassadors for adventure itself. We believe that everyone has the right to break routine, get excited, and get back some of that common awe we used to have as kids. We believe in getting people motivated to live now, not later. We believe in having adventures every day.
Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be sharing stories of our adventures, and hopefully offer you some words of wisdom, based on the things we’ve learned along the way. We’ll be holding some meet-ups too, for anyone who wants to join us on a journey – but more on that later. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts via twitter or right here on the Allett site.