"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"

The Philosophy of Adventure

Adventure is a state of mind. Adventure can be literally a walk at a park near your house, or engaging in a voyage thousands of miles away from home. Adventure can be a great trip in your home state or a trip overseas to a far and away location. Adventure can be accomplished alone or with a team. Adventure also can be done with family and children. Your state of mind is what decides whether you are on an adventure or misadventure. 

In other words, you do not have to wait to save thousands of dollars to travel forth into adventure. You can have an adventure in your own backyard. You just have to open your eyes to the world around you and you will see the opportunity that awaits you. You have to make the time. Turn off the television, get into the proper gear, and off you will go into the realm of adventure. 

The dictionary defines adventure as “an exciting or very unusual experience; participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises”. Whether you are hiking, exploring, going new places, driving into terra incognita, camping, visiting the Grand Canyon, having an adventure in dining, walking through Fourth Street in Tucson, in an African safari, going on a pilgrimage, or walking in the park next to your house – you are involved in adventure if you are in an adventurous state of mind.

You are in an adventurous state of mind when you are open and ready for new experiences, to learn about what surrounds you, to be bold and take that first step into that undertaking.  As Mark Twain stated, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that 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.”


One response

  1. Adventure is an attitude.

    If I go into something with that attitude of adventurous-ness it’s going to be more fun and fascinating. Even if it’s not necessarily new or exotic.

    It’s my aim to live some really cool adventures. But in the meantime I’m putting my focus on having a mindset of adventure about everything I do.

    August 26, 2010 at 5:09 am

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