Today’s Music: Van Halen – Jump
Days Til Spring: 50
A few weeks ago, Eric Murtaugh asked me to do a guest post on learning to scuba dive. It was my pleasure, and I had a good time writing it.
Today, Eric returns the favor with some thoughts on why adventure in the first place.
After you’ve read this, check out his site. Start with the way he proposed to his wife, then explore the rest. Seriously, he’s out of control.
In the best possible way.
Eric has phrased the why better than I ever could. Feel free to leave comments either here or on his site. And let us know what you’re planning. We may want to try it too…
Why you should always pursue adventure, even if it might kill you
Think back to the crazy things you’ve done in life; those exhilarating times when you woke up the next morning and thought, “damn, how exactly did I make it out alive?”
How did you feel afterwards? Slightly stupid? Or ready to get out there and do it again?
If you’re anything like me, I’m willing to bet you went with the latter.
And here’s why: each and every time you pull off another blood pumping, heart racing stunt, you feel more and more alive.
I can recall three events in my life where thrill seeking trumped intelligence:
1. Rafting the Gunnison River in a beat up inflatable kayak
2. Sailing a choppy, ice cold lake
3. Canoeing a flooded river, and the river won
In each example, I should’ve exercised patience.
I should’ve insisted we wait for the patch repairs to dry on my kayak. I should’ve known sailing in cold water without a wetsuit was an invitation to hypothermia. I should’ve known navigating a flooded river in a canoe would not end well (yep, my buddy and I almost died).
But you know what? I’ll never, ever forget those days. The details remain so vivid. This, coming from a guy who can’t remember where he placed his keys last night.
Look, I’m not suggesting you put your life on the line each and every time you head out for another round of adventure. That’s just silly.
The lesson here is you should take risks in life.
Sometimes those risks will backfire and you will find yourself in a tricky situation. If you survive, and let’s hope you always do, you will learn to value those moments, even if you feel like a total idiot for a few days.
Have you ever been in a situation where thrill seeking and adventure trumped intelligence?