What do you want to be when you grow up?
For most of us, we want to be happy. Why then as we grow and chase the career and goals that we think will make us happy, are we not happy?
My personal experience is that people often caught in the ‘Corporate Coffin’. Look at any major city and you see masses of people rushing to their next appointment, their place of employment or somewhere….but always rushing.
They’re glued to their smart phones, clutching handbags or brief cases and downing their double shot latte as they go, or whatever their choice of ‘pick me up’ is.
Take yourself back a few years, now a few more, about primary school. Do you remember the energy that you bounced out of bed, especially on a weekend? You had stuff to do, adventures to take.
These days people tend to look forward to their weekends only to waste them doing as little as possible and then complaining when they go back to work on Monday because the weekend wasn’t long enough.
Have things to look forward to. Instead of letting your weekend escape you get out and do something with it. Get into nature, go for a hike, mountain bike ride, kayak, learn to paddle board, just do something.
Book a holiday and do something totally out of character or totally different to your day to day grind.
Not everyone can have a job that they absolutely love, but a good job can bring you the means to do awesome things when you get away. The trick is to actually take the time to get away.
I spent 17 years in the Australian Army and travelled all over the World. I then put those skills into use as a guide around the World working many corporates, small businesses and individuals.
It’s my personal belief that adventure is about personal and professional development. As a Business and Personal Development Coach I have seen firsthand the benefits that adventure have on people.
10 Ways that Adventure will Benefit you:
1) When you get dirty, you improve your physical health.Scientists have recently reported that our modern obsession with cleanliness might be leading to a rise in allergies, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease. Getting dirty could just be the best path to developing a strong immune system. Going on adventures means getting dirty — and healthier.
2) Outdoor activities can prevent (or treat) a wide range of health problems. Doctors around the country are now handing out “park prescriptions” for conditions ranging from heart disease to obesity to attention deficit disorder. Adventure travel takes park prescriptions to the next level.
3) There are no age limits on adventure. Anyone can make nature a playground. Adventure travel is an activity you can stick with for life.
4) Take a hike, get a bigger brain. Research indicates that hiking or walking grows brains. Typically, your hippocampus gets smaller once you hit your mid fifties, leading to memory loss. But a group of middle-aged adults that took three, forty-minute walks a week for a year grew their hippocampi, on average, by 2 percent, which could improve their retention for years. Hiking adventures will keep you mentally sharp.
5) Going on adventures raises your tolerance for uncertainty. Placing yourself in situations where things don’t always go as planned — such as on an adventure trip — helps you learn to cope with the uncertainties in life. And there is no shortage of those.
6) Adventure travel lets you safely “try on” alternate lives. One of the best things about embarking on an adventure is that you can shed your familiar skin for a while and pretend to be anything you want to be — before you take a drastic and permanent step. Who would you be if you lived there?
7) Going on adventures fosters reflectiveness, a mental skill often in short supply today. Adventures give us pleasant memories, which we often bring back to the forefront of our minds for reminiscing. This means that our journeys “marinate” awhile, an especially valuable exercise these days when we’re all so perpetually busy that most of what we do passes by in a flash and is gone forever — without having any real meaning attached to it. But reliving our adventures again and again allows us the time — and capability — to learn something from them.
8 ) Adventure travel feeds your dreams and builds your confidence. The editor of National Geographic Traveler Magazineonce suggested that the “Cycle of Travel” went like this: 1) dream, 2) plan, 3) go, 4) share. But no matter how many steps it takes to get there, the one thing that’s certain about traveling to spectacular nature spots is that it soon becomes addictive. Experiencing one wilderness just doesn’t seem to be enough; your soul quickly calls for more. And each time you go, you find yourself changing. Adventures build your confidence; and with each successive one, you challenge yourself just a little bit more. I would add a fifth step to the Travel Cycle: dream bigger.
9) Adventure experiences remedy a societal ill: loss of adventurous children and the extinguishing of wanderlust.Today, the United States is facing what some have described as an epidemic: the loss of the adventurous childhood. The Outdoor Foundation reports that youth participation in outside activities has declined for three straight years. And when parents overschedule kids and insist on being involved in every one of their activities — when they become “helicopter parents” — they kill a child’s desire to explore. The spark for wanderlust goes out, permanently.
10) Adventure travelers may be more important than ever for saving the world. Some scientists warn that in nine years’ time (or less), global warming will become impossible to reverse, triggering accelerated climate change. If they’re right, a group of individuals within the general public is going to have to come forward and upgrade their environmental efforts, if the world is to survive. That select group of people just may turn out to be adventure travelers: those who typically venture beyond the envelope in the outdoors.
As Mark Twain once wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things 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.”