Go out as far as you can go and start from there. - Albert Einstein
We will take a look at what might be holding us back and keeping us from achieving the kind of life we deep down desire. Let's find out what's keeping our inner child from coming out and playing, because, deep, deep down, that's what we really want to do in life is play. I have seen it personally in myself and the one's that I have spent numerous adventure's with.
Around the same time I started seeking adventure in my life I also began looking inward. I took a long hard look at where my life was, where I had been, and where I was going and I saw quite a few things that I wasn’t happy with. And with all the things that I didn’t like, all the reasons for those things, and all the people that I blamed for those things, I noticed one common factor within each and every one of them. There was one person that had a hand in, every roadblock, every crappy career move, every unfulfilling relationship, and every negative situation in my life, and that person was me. Worse yet, that person was going to have a hand in everything that I wanted to do in my future as well.
After many of these long and difficult looks in the mirror, I started to accept the idea that I was responsible for the negative stuff, and if things were going to change, I was the one, the only one, that could make those changes. But the cool thing is that, if I was responsible for the bad things, then I was and still am responsible for the good stuff as well. No one else is in charge or in the way of me attaining the life I want to live.
So, I spent the past seven years, not just absorbing everything that I could find and everything that I could learn about outdoor adventure, but about becoming a better person as well. I wanted more adventure in my life and I wanted to enjoy it with the wonder of a child, but with the appreciation of someone much older. Most importantly, I didn’t want a repeat of the previous twenty years.
Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Although this has felt like a long journey, it really is just getting started. There are so many adventures to be had, and so much to explore in the outdoors as well as what's inside us. So if, like me, you wish to become a better person (physically, mentally, and emotionally), or you’re just seeking new adventures, I would like to invite you to join me on this journey. It should be a wild one, or at least very interesting.
See you out there!Jim