In 2007 I started my biggest and most difficult adventure; running my own business. As with any challenge you invest days and months of planning in the hope that things run smoothly and you will eventually reap the rewards. Eight years later and business has taught me a lot of things with the last two years really highlighting ‘what it’s all about’.
Why am I telling you this in my adventure blog when you probably want to hear about a walk, mountain journey or night of wild camping? Because it’s nearly the end of the month and I’m thinking I haven’t done anything other than work, and the odd family day out, so surely I’ve got nothing to write about. Or have I?
What did I do today?
While sat at my desk I was getting more and more frustrated as the days passed by with me thinking I hadn’t done anything. My plans of a bothy trip or a bit of wild camping were becoming less and less likely.
I read a lot of social media and blog posts by adventurers about their days and months in some fantastic places doing amazing things. This month one particular post related to someone’s frustration about how he had to spend three days doing some menial work trading his brain in exchange for cash and not producing anything useful, helpful, inspiring, etc. Three days? I exchange my brain, experience and qualifications daily and don’t ever think it’s not producing something worthwhile – what’s the point otherwise? I admit ‘work’ isn’t the amazing world of adventure many of us dream about, but that’s assuming we all have the same idea of what adventure is?
This month I‘ve been guilty of thinking that because I wasn’t doing something like I had been over the last few months then I had nothing to talk about. I wasn’t living up to the adventurer title I wanted and I certainly wasn’t enjoying the adventures these others were living.
Kids have a very simple idea of what adventure is and as we get older we grow (or shrink in this case) to see great things like climbing trees, building forts, rock pooling, and jumping in puddles as being ‘for kids’. A child’s idea of adventure is limitless while an adult’s idea of adventure seems to have a lot of limits! As adults have we forget what it means to just let loose and do something out of the ordinary?
It’s obvious the word adventure covers some broad and amazing things yet too few of us call what we do an adventure (after all we’re grown up now). We’ve now being brought up to be adventure snobs and no longer allowed to be kidventurous! Our snobbery is either dismissing dreaming too big (sometimes not dreaming at all) or becoming frustrated (like me) because we believe our adventures aren’t adventurous enough.
So, I’m calling time on adventure snobbery. No more “I wish I was doing that”, or “I shouldn’t, wouldn’t and couldn’t ever do that”. Let’s embrace adventure no matter how little or large it might be. Let’s make every day an adventure.
Walking 50 miles? Enjoy your adventure!
Kids want to build a fort and sleep in it? Enjoy your adventure!
All those people starting a new business today. Enjoy your adventure!
But wait; this is my Regatta blog and last time I checked I don’t wear Point 214 trousers and boots for work (sadly). So what have I done this month that I can now retitle as an #EverydayAdventure and throw away my adventure snobbery of old?
My month of Non Adventure
My previous blogs have included a lot about my home county of Northumberland because I think there’s an adventure to be enjoyed here every day. Luckily for me over the last few months I’ve been out and about experiencing the sights and sounds of Northumberland as part of a Northumberland Ambassador course and this month I completed the course and received my Ambassador Award.
To be recognized as ambassador for your region is a great privilege and for me I intend to use what I’ve learned to hopefully inspire lots of people to get out in Northumberland an enjoy everything it has to offer. This has never been truer than when my family and I went out for the day on Hadrian’s Wall taking in my favourite section between Steel Rigg and Housesteads. This is probably the best section with breath taking scenery, a few physical challenges and on this occasion giving my dog, Buddy, his best day out ever. His best adventure yet? There’s no doubt about that from his face!
So with a few days left of July and being at peace again with the adventurer inside of me I woke up and decided there was one last adventure to be had. No planning just get up and get out! Snobbery pushed aside today we’d drive (not just walk) to squeeze in the last drops of what July could offer. Family in the car, and newly inspired adventure dog, we set off up the coast; the only plan was to stop where we thought looked great.
A fishing town, some dirty bottles, a quick feed of some ducks and we were sat watching the tide slowly creep in over Lindisfarne Causeway. A simple but fantastic natural event which kids and adults alike seemed to want to stay until we were all pushed back on the shore line.
Hungry belly’s we started the journey home via Seahouses for fish and chips when I remembered a place which I’d always wanted to visit which was part of the story of Lindisfarne from way back in the ninth century. St Cuthbert’s Cave is where reputedly monks in the ninth century brought St Cuthbert’s body to protect him following his death and during Viking raids on the North east coast.
The cave was a fitting end to not only the day but also my month of adventure. A resting place for a historic journey over a thousand years ago, and today a place which inspired me for future adventures in and around Northumberland and beyond.