Have We All Lost Our Spirit Of Adventure?

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. –Helen Keller

Ad-ven-ture [ad-ven-cher] “ Participating in an exciting, bold, usually risky and uncertain undertaking or very unusual experience.

Consider the last time you have done something adventurous, and by adventurous, meaning something that could be related to the above definition. Oddly, there is nothing wrong with most of what constitutes adventure, save for one small bit, and that being something that is usually risky or uncertain. People love excitement, oddities, and being bold. Though, most people cringe at the idea of risk and uncertainty, but considering that is primarily what makes something adventurous, does that then mean people have lost their spirit of adventure?

I would argue that is most certainly true, people have definitely lost their spirit of adventure. However, this was not lost overnight, but rather had gradually degraded over the years. The final nail in the coffin however, was the introduction and widespread use of the internet. No longer would you have to go explore or find things out for yourself, anything could be learned and experienced, at least visually, online. The internet made the world a smaller and seemingly safer place. However, that same tool perhaps decreased the dangers we were once willing to expose ourselves to in order to garner experience, information, and knowledge. The remainder of this article is meant to dispel why adventure should be pursued to the absolute very end.

Life is an adventure or nothing at all

The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes sight-seeing. “Daniel J. Boorstin”

In life, don’t be a tourist and assume adventure will find you. That is rarely the case, and listless waiting does nothing for anyone. Action and motion is life itself, anything that stands stagnant or idle for too long dies, petrifies, or is buried under other more active objects. Therefore, all of life should be an adventure, because without it, without new experiences, potential risks, and attempting uncertain undertakings, nothing is happening. You’re remaining stagnant, idle, and listless. So be adventurous, at any and all costs.

Rather than fear uncertainty Embrace It

Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear. “William Congreve”

Our present day perception of adventure has turned what was once an exciting idea into an evil to be feared and avoided. There is nothing wrong with being uncertain about the outcome of anything. Fear is healthy, as it alerts you to the fact that there is potential danger. A lack of fear does not make you brave; rather it makes you susceptible and stupid. The key point here is having a healthy fear, not one that debilitates or restricts you.

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Some of Roosevelt’s most memorable words were that There is nothing to fear but fear itself.? The surface value of this saying is nothing special, but when you consider that the idea of fear as nothing more than tremendous amounts of uncertainty, so much so that in the end it terrifies you, you begin to realize that quite literally the only thing to truly fear is fear.

One of the main reasons for the predominant feeling of fear keeping people from being adventurous is the question of why should we take risks when they can be mitigated. What’s the purpose of facing fears when we can avoid them altogether through proper planning and avoidance? In our world, fewer things are unknown; anything can be learned or figured out at any point and nearly anywhere at any time. This ability has caused some odd occurrences, where the idea of taking risks no longer makes sense. Why take a risk when most risks can be mitigated? This thought has caused people to avoid exposing themselves to risk altogether, but as we know, with little risk comes little return… or reward.

With little risk comes little reward

Adventure without risk is Disneyland. “Doug Coupland”

Couplands above quote is apt for this conversation, where without any risk whatsoever, any idea of adventure is completely and entirely valueless. There is no such thing as adventure without risk, it’s not possible, simply by the definition. Adventure is a gamble, and without putting anything up to lose, you can’t really win much either. Nothing in this world is free, and we all know you can’t have your cake and eat it too. So in order to have a proper and real adventure, do something outside of what you already know, breach your own comfort zone, take a risk, and revel in the victory of overcoming your own fears.

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