How to Get More Adventure in Your Life
The day to day responsibilities of life can put you in a coma and slowly eat away at your passion. Here is how to wake up and get more adventure back into your life.
Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. – Howard Thurman
I am packed and ready. I am been planning for and talking about this trip for months and months. All that is left to do is to go over the checklist a final time, load the car up and hit the road.
I am heading to the mountains for a winter bushcrafting trip with three friends. If you aren’t familiar with bushcrafting check it out on Google (careful it might peak your interest and get you motivated to head to the woods!).
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The idea for this trip began as a conversation on the phone with a lifelong friend from Boy Scouts last winter after seeing the movie “The Revenant.” You see where I live winter is nothing more than a few weeks of cold rain. Growing up I enjoyed winter camping trips and winter backpacking trips.
Seeing the raw and rugged wilderness in “The Revenant” really lit a fire in me to get back to enjoying a solid winter adventure. So we put it on the calendar invited two other capable mates and have been eager ever since.
What I haven’t told you is that it has probably been 12 years since I have done a winter trip of this caliber. For someone as passionate about the outdoors, that is an insane amount of time. (Note this doesn’t mean I haven’t still had adventures here and there, but many things that I once enjoyed became shelved.)
What happened? The same thing that happens to us all; LIFE. I graduated college, moved away from my friends, got my first corporate job, worked ridiculous hours, started my own business, worked more ridiculous hours. The work got easier, but I filled what little extra time I had with my wife and kids.
You could literally cut and paste this to just about anyone reading this and they could pen it for their lives’ and it would be spot on. Somewhere in all that “life” we lose our opportunity for adventure and bold living (if even for a weekend).
Now, I didn’t say we lose our sense of adventure, I believe that stays with us, but simply gets repressed overtime.
So how do we get more adventure into our lives?
Step 1: Find something that ignites you
Pick something that gets you going and fired up. Pick something you used to do, always wanted to do, or have just discovered that you would like to do. It can be anything from backpacking to going to see your favorite band, to a fishing trip or a trip to a National Park or even an amusement park.
Perhaps it is a 3-5 day kettlebell or mobility workshop you have been mulling over for months. It doesn’t really matter what it is, only that it is YOUR adventure.
Step 2: Schedule it
Put it on the calendar.
I am a huge fan of write things onto the calendar and sticking to them. I have an annual surf fishing trip that is over Veterans’ Day weekend every year. As soon as I return from it each year I set the dates for the next year. Putting events on the calendar holds you accountable to follow through.
Also, a calendar is meant for planning so somewhere in between soccer practice, dance, t-ball, youth group, birthday parties, meetings, etc., take a forced break by blocking out a couple days or longer for an adventure. You will find that this pumps the brakes on life and allows you to slow down and breathe for a few and find restoration.
Step 3: Do it
Go! Get excited and allow yourself to actually go and enjoy. Make some memories and collect some experiences you would not otherwise get during your day to day routine. Break away for a little while and learn a little about yourself and life!
As always, we want you all to be as fully AWAKE and ALIVE as possible. Live well, train hard, and live to the fullest.
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Mark Smith is the owner of Asylum Fitness in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina. He is a Movement and Strength Coach that uses unconventional tools and methods to make his students a little better with each practice. His main focus is movement, he believes, “We were born to move. Reclaim your birthright.” He encourages his students and all those he meets to just play, similarly to when you were a kid, believing that play is the foundation of movement and movement is life. “By learning to move better and improving our mobility, everything falls into place.” he says. Mark is an Outdoor Fitness Enthusiast, is well versed in corrective exercises, and currently holds a level 1 FMS (Functional Movement Screen), and is a MovNat level 2 certified trainer and is always seeking to learn from the best. He also has a background in track and field, martial arts, ballroom dance, and currently is practicing parkour.