Let’s talk adventure. I took a trip to South America recently. It allowed me to reflect on why some of us, ape and human alike, do these things. Adventure. What is it? The road not taken? The path forged? Taking risk? Humanity has always been curious, and it was through their curiosity that they explored the known world to discover the unknown. At one point in time, it was believed that the world was flat. It was also thought impossible to fly, but humanity has gone to the moon and sent their works to the stars. It is in the inherent nature of humanity to explore, to see with their own eyes, to feel with their skin, and utilize all their senses. But as humanity creates technology, their old teacher goes neglected and unacknowledged. Mother nature was the first teacher and is what caused the progression of man through harsh lessons. The link to mother nature, that necessity to seek the wild and it's solitude, the need to push one's strengths to find the weakness and make a person stronger; it is all in humanity’s core.
Adventure is taking that opportunity. Making that choice to expose yourself to the world, aware of your faults, as well as your strengths. Learning from those experiences and growing. It is in the experience of exposing oneself, going to the unknown, learning, and forging ahead making your own path. Adventure is what satisfies humanity's (and ape's) thirst. That need for the wilderness, to test ourselves the way nature tested man long ago.
But the thing untold is that nature will not seek man. Man must seek nature as it hidden from them, away from their metropolitans, in the highest mountains, in the lowest deserts, underneath the waters, and lost amongst the trees (big fans here). Adventure is taking that risk and going out into the wild, to reunite with humanity’s old teacher and relearning past lessons. Take the path unpaved, go to into the wilderness, learn and remember what it offers. Seize the opportunity. Do not let adventure slip from your grasp. Go and see with your own eyes, and feel with your own senses.
Let my trip motivate you to do so:
Stay tuned for the second part of my trip, Chile! Coming soon.