Growing up, surrounded by video games and movies, fantastic pieces like Lord of the Rings, I was consumed by the idea of journeying. I think that’s something so rare these days, an adventure, a true one, filled with unknowns, turbulence, spontaneity and discovery.
Modern American culture seems to love predictability, the usual planning of life from birth to death, which leaves out the big adventures, the life stories that change us. Sure there are the tiny things, the moments of asking someone out or fighting for what you believe in, but the large-scale adventures seem to be largely gone.
And maybe it’s not for everyone. In fact tremendous adventures are sure as shit not for everyone, but for the nerds (myself included) who grew up watching movies of exploration and discovery that desire is real, whether hidden deep or worn on our sleeve.
I recently read The Alchemist, without spoiling anything a journey of self-discovery, wonder, meeting people and falling in love is so wonderfully captured in the author’s writing. Maybe these things are only in books and movies, entertainment no doubt exaggerates. In the previous post I talked about Coyote and his dream to circumnavigate the world. That’s a prime example of a modern day adventure, but in reality would it even compare to what movies depict?
Kind of like social media, maybe movies such as Lord of the Rings and Princess Mononoke have fashioned together the highlight reel of adventure stories, leaving out the boring, dry parts that are unworthy of showing.
That could be the case. I doubt it. Just the thought of waking up one day and beginning a path so new and unknown seems at the very least a transition to a much more interesting and exciting experience. I really want to figure out what adventures I will go on. I have some planned, hopefully I can succeed in executing on them.
Going to new places, experiencing new foods, partaking in new activities and especially connecting with unknown humans, it’s all wrapped up in this one thing called an adventure. More people should go on them, wholeheartedly, not the half-ass tourism that is so common.