"For an occurrence to become an adventure, it is necessary and sufficient for one to recount it." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Adventure is where you find it

The word "adventure" often conjures up images of epic trials in far off lands, and all too often the adventure spirit is doused because we lack the resources, or time away from work to embark on such grand journeys.  But what I have come to realize over the past year is that adventure can often be found close to home and doesn't require you to quit your job and sell your house.  Most adventures will never be written about in the pages of National Geographic or filmed documentary style for viewing in an I-max theater, but that doesn't make them any less of an adventure.
As I sat down to write this post it occurred to me that last year Al Humphreys championed the cause of Micro-Adventures.  I came late to the game and didn't ride the 2011 wave of micro-adventure and I was also busy doing my own thing.  But 2012 is a brand new year with brand new goals and aspirations.
Visit Humphrey's website to get some inspiration for your own micro-adventures.  In his own words Humphrey's states:

"Adventure is only a state of mind.
I believe that adventure is about stretching yourself: mentally, physically or culturally. It is about doing what you do not normally do, pushing yourself hard and doing it to the best of your ability.
If that is true then adventure is all around us, at all times. Adventure is accessible to normal people, in normal places, in short segments of time and without having to spend much money.
Adventure is only a state of mind."

So keep that in mind when you are contemplating your next trip out the door and where it might lead you.

Adventure is everywhere so splash some cold water on your face and look around with a fresh perspective.


  1. Adventure, for example, can be making your own way instead of following the trail.... :)

    I love that quote, adventure is only a state of mind. And, I think, being open to what's out there.

    1. Thanks for the comment. I really was sort of bummed when I realized that Al's Microadventure post summed it up better than I could.

  2. Interesting perspective Patrick. I look forward to following your micro-adventures this year.

    1. I plan to have quite a few, so maybe you could join me for one.