In the age of social media, it’s easy to feel that adventures are reserved for the elite, those who can hack the system and showcase their extravagant experiences. However, all of us can get out more and do more with our cameras.
Yes, even a ‘normal’ person with kids, a job and a tiny bank balance can embark on exciting adventures. In this video, Joshua Pegg gives us his ideas on how to do more with less.
Find Strong Motivations
The first step is to understand why you want to go on adventures. For many, seeking validation or impressing others may initially seem like a good reason. However, these motivations are often short-lived. Instead, focus on sustainable and substantial reasons such as improving mental and physical health, finding a sense of purpose and freedom, or simply seeking thrills and new experiences. These motivations will drive you to go on adventures for a longer duration and make time for them in your life.
Even if you’re not a professional, photography can be an excellent excuse to spend more time outdoors and go on adventures. Invest in an affordable camera, and even if you don’t capture stunning photos, engaging in photography will push you to explore new environments. Photography can serve as a gateway to more adventures in your life.
Consider how you define adventure. Often, social media portrays adventures as grand, epic endeavours that occur once or twice in a lifetime. However, this perception can limit your experiences, and you don’t need to risk climbing Everest or diving deep underwater to get great photographs. Personally, I prefer less intense experiences that probably won’t result in death. Broaden your perspective and redefine adventure as anything that takes you outside your comfort zone, provides a thrill, or a sense of freedom. This way, even small activities can become adventurous and contribute to a more fulfilling life. Strike a balance so that everything doesn’t become an adventure, but you can find joy in everyday activities.
Discover Local Gems
You may believe that adventurous locations are far away or inaccessible, but that’s not necessarily true. Often, numerous adventures are waiting on your doorstep. Start exploring your local area and surroundings. Look beyond the usual tourist spots and search for lesser-known places that offer unique experiences. This approach allows you to indulge in adventure without requiring long trips or extensive planning. Even if you live in a seemingly ordinary place, you’ll be surprised to discover hidden gems that can ignite your sense of adventure.
Embrace the Elements
Adventures only sometimes happen under perfect conditions. Weather changes, unexpected challenges arise, and discomfort becomes a part of the journey. Embrace these elements and adapt to the situation. Sometimes, the best adventures occur when things don’t go according to plan. Be prepared with appropriate gear, such as good boots, rain jackets, or spare clothes, to tackle unforeseen circumstances and enjoy the full journey.
In our busy lives, adventure often takes a back seat to our long list of responsibilities. However, it’s essential to make room for adventure and prioritize it at times. While family, work, and other commitments are vital, occasionally shifting Adventure higher on your priority list can provide unforgettable experiences. Consider the long-term value of adventure and the memories you’ll cherish. Strive to balance your responsibilities and the desire for new experiences.
Adventures are not limited to a privileged few or extravagant excursions. You’ll open the doors to exciting experiences with the right mindset and approach. Remember, even small adventures can profoundly impact your happiness and personal growth. So, go out, explore, and create. You might even come away with some fantastic photos.