The world seemed so much bigger when I was a small child. Everything was new and exciting, and a task as small as riding my bicycle to the mailbox was a journey of grand proportion.
The United States is increasingly becoming a nation of tedium. Go to class or work, come home, watch some television and perhaps, if you are feeling wild, eat some dessert. This slow and safe living is not what defines us. The things we do that push our comfort zones, the wild new experiences are what change us and shape us.
These exciting childhood experiences need to come back; it is time to regain our sense of adventure. The adventure will depend on the person; it could be anything from shopping at a new store, to summiting a peak. Regardless, it is time to get out of your personal comfort zone.
Yvon Chouinard, the mountaineer and founder of Patagonia clothing once said, “it is not an adventure until something goes wrong.” Something does not need to go wrong to make it an adventure, but if it does, use that experience to learn and grow; to find out what your boundaries are. Regain your sense of adventure!
As perfectly quoted by author Edward Abbey,“Get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space.”
Go get outside your comfort zone, the time has come to find new personal boundaries.