Adventure Begins Right Where You Are

Adventure Begins Right Where You Are

 

I believe we all have a desire for ‘adventure’. The popularity of ‘reality TV shows’ leads me to believe that adventure is a necessity that is absent in our lives. We rely on that ‘reality TV show’ to live an adventure vicariously (experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person). We do this to avoid the actual ‘risk’ thus never truly experiencing the exhilaration personally. Shame, shame, shame.

You are the originator of your experience.

Adventure- an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks. (Merriam Webster)

Danger doesn’t necessarily have to be of life or death, it could be of an unpleasant nature, a loss, injury, pain or harm. I don’t think this is a way of encouraging the engagement of ‘adventure’, but without a certain degree of any one of those elements adventure isn’t to be found. Hell, with no adventure dangers exist in our lives everyday!! So why not add a bit of ‘fun’!

Just let me get this out of the way…..I’m not suggesting or encouraging killing, shooting, breaking any laws, injury, harm or anything else here. This is my NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU DOING SOMETHING DUMB OR STUPID statement.

Parasailing is a popular tourist attraction here (St. Petersburg, Florida) and that’s an adventure! Hiking, scuba diving, travel to a place you’ve never been before….throw a bit of caution to the wind.

16 years ago I moved from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to St. Petersburg, Florida with no job, found an apartment rental with 2 months rent in hand.  Making a new life from scratch. Lots of dangers involved…..eviction, hunger, etc. But working thru each phase of what presented itself in my new environment was a learning experience. A good thing. I’ve told many people and they have found courage to embark on their own.

Next up for me is a move the Mayan Riviera…..for those that don’t know, that’s in Mexico, the Caribbean side. This will be full of excitement! Full time!!

Apprehensive…..you bet. Concerned…..you bet.  Excited…..you bet. But, I’m also, preparing. There’s lots to consider, and in whatever you may choose to chase, prepare. Find out the in’s and out’s, the what’s, what if’s………you’ll find yourself getting more comfortable as you realize the unknowns you will encounter.

No matter where you’re at geographically, financially, personally……..you start from there. Each day building on yesterday and all those yesterdays will bring about the change and all the adventure that you have withheld from yourself for too long.

I often sit and read of people far younger than I that have cast aside the standards that lead to a”normal”  life. It doesn’t take a lot of money…..you don’t have to be rich. Just explore. There’s more opportunities available out there than you are aware of and you’ll probably make a few of your own, I did.

So, put your diet soda down, get off the couch and turn off that dang blasted TV…..now grab a hold of a nice chunk of life and enjoy the experience.

Peace, Love, and Beaches,

John

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