About a year and a half ago, I had the occasion to interview Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race and author of No Opportunity Wasted, for an article in Real Simple magazine. Here's a quote from him in that article:
“Adventure is anytime you step outside your comfort zone and do something new.”
I couldn't agree with Phil more.
Adventure has a lot less to do with what the activity is than with the attitude that you bring to it. So, for example, if you wouldn't hesitate to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet, then bungee-jumping or whitewater rafting might not be a big adventure for you. But if you've always avoided speaking in public and you sign up to teach a course at the local community college, voila! You're officially an adventurer.
Here are a few other examples that may or may not qualify as adventures in your life:
- Signing up for a swing dancing class
- Trying a new recipe that calls for ingredients you've never heard of
- Going to a speed dating event
- Going on any date
- Traveling to a country where you don't speak the language
- Writing a letter to the editor
- Volunteering for a committee at work
Oh. And, um...
- Starting a blog :)
What examples do you have? What kind of adventures have you done or hope to do in the future? What is it about them that makes them an adventure in your mind?
Share your thoughts in the comment form below. I look forward to hearing your thoughts!