A Call to Adventure

Nowadays there is a common trend of people to go off on world traveling adventures to see as much of the world as they can.

However not all adventure requires trekking across the world and visiting tourist destinations. Adventure is instead more akin to the Hero’s tale, emulating the adventure the Hero goes on, into the deep unknown to battle the monsters and to return stronger for it.

There are a few key components to any true adventure, in both literature and in the world and these are:

  • Danger: There must be a chance for things to go wrong. In order to truly test your limits, to see what kind of person you are when push comes to shove, risk is needed. This can be both physical, but also can be social or otherwise. Even raising a child has danger, as the risk there is how well the child develops.
  • The inability to predict where it will go: By the very nature of voyaging into the unknown, it is impossible to predict. You must instead react to the situations at hand. You must learn to trust your instincts, your skill and those you bring with you.

Both of these combined produce the challenge of adventure, and it is this challenge that is so important as it is what toughens you and makes you grow strong. And surpassing the challenge will boost your faith in your strength in a way that no self affirmation will.

However all of this begs the question, where can I find this adventure?

My reply to that would be to say that the chance for adventurer is all around you, if only you can learn to hear its distinct call. And it is something that is always worth it, to quote;

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

This call can come in all forms, it could be a promotion opportunity to a role that will challenge you. It could be embarking on a relationship with a significant other, as it is impossible to know for certain how they work out in the long run. It is also moving away from your family for University, forging your own way in the world for the first time.

I would also note that small adventures are also equally valid, after all an inexperienced adventurer is wise to start on little treks before committing to a much larger endeavor. As this allows you to build the toolkit of things you will need on the grandest adventure of all, the adventure of life.

So for the year ahead, I would suggest looking around you to hear the mystical call of adventure around you. And once you do, to take a chance and take the first step forward on the path. Who knows where it will take you, but I can assure you it will make your life ever so interesting and give you fascinating stories to tell.

Published by Duncan Hookey

A British/Canadian writer who writes about various topics related to how to make the most out of life.

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