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Microadventures: Bite-Sized Adventures for Busy People

Microadventures: Bite-Sized Adventures for Busy People

Just because you don’t have all the free time in the world, it doesn’t mean you can’t have tons of fun. Change your mindset with a microadventure.

On more than one occasion I’ve questioned the idea or concept of adventure. Mostly what it has become to mean in media.

If you asked a 10-year-old what an adventure is, it might not extend beyond camping out in the tree fort in the woods behind their house. But to those with an internet connection, at least 20 years worth of rotating around the sun and a motorcycle license – well, it seems like we’ve got a larger yardstick to measure adventure against. And you know? That kinda stinks.

Like many people in the Northeast, this winter has been rough for me. I haven’t been able to find my footing and make the best of it. Instead, I’ve wallowed in self-pity and have wrestled with a nasty case of the sads 🙁 . I feel like I haven’t done anything or gone anywhere or had any damn fun ever, ever, ever, never in my whole life. Ever. I’m on the emotional rollercoaster careening down a hill at warp speed.

fuzzygalore riding in california

Microadventures: Improve your life a little at a time

This weekend I felt especially fuck it all. As I was contemplating why I am such a loser and scrolling through all the smiling faces and fun times in my Facebook feed, I saw a post from Outside Magazine: Improve Your Life with Microadventures – You need to upend your boring routine, but it doesn’t take much.

I quickly glanced around to see if someone was looking over my shoulder. Clearly, they wrote that headline for me. Yes, I need to improve my life! I need to upend my boring routine! And I sure as hell don’t want it to take much! A sign. That’s what that was, right there, a sign.

So, I read on. That’s when I saw a link to Alastair Humphreys. After many epic undertakings, he is pushing the microadventure agenda.

Microadventures are about squeezing all the curiosity and interestingness out of those hours when you aren’t dealing with “real life.”

Do you have a day job and only weekends off? Are you paying for a kid or two in college? Maybe you can’t wrap your head around going around the country for four months – but maybe you can wrap your head around doing something for 4 or 12 or 24 hours.

When you have the right mindset, you can find yourself having a great time without being mired down by some grand expectation of what an adventure is.

Bite-sized adventure. I like it! Maybe it’ll be a ride to a state park for a hike or a trip to a lookout at the top of a mountain. Who knows?

Let’s do this!

What is An Adventure?

What is An Adventure?

“Adventure is just a personal thing, I decided, it means whatever you want it to. To me it means having a go at something that might be exciting or difficult, just to see if I can.”

from Lois on the Loose by Lois Pryce

I love Lois’ definition.

Sometimes, I get caught up in the idea that an adventure is something specific – that it has a scale, a certain amount of suffering and time required to undertake it. In reality though, most times I don’t really buy into that idea at all. I think any ‘rules’  regarding what an adventure is, are the residue of someone else’s life on me. Comparing yourself to other people can be poisonous.

What does adventure mean to you?

Listening to Lois – Where Are You Going?

Listening to Lois – Where Are You Going?

Lois Pryce Speaking at NYC Motorcycle Show

While at the motorcycle show in New York, I sat and listened to motorcycle adventuress Lois Pryce’s presentation of her trip from Alaska to Argentina. It was a life changing endeavor that spawned the book Lois on the Loose.

Watching her move across the stage, a lady in a dress – feminine, funny, seemingly happy – she talked about her love of travel and riding her motorcycle.

Seeing her in person moved me. There she was, a ‘regular’ person who didn’t have to choose between being a lady OR being a motorcyclist. She was both. And that was wonderful.

Lois on the Loose Autographed

Following her on-stage talk, Kenny and I made our way over to her booth to purchase one of her books. After a quick, hello she fired off a question:

‘Where are you going on your next adventure?’

Oh, Lois… you just don’t know how that question has been burning away inside of me lately! I am consumed by it. My thoughts have been a constant swirl of wonder, and calculating, and trying to retain a balance between following my selfish heart and honoring my commitments, too.

What to do, what to do?

I guess now is not the time for me to know, not the time for me to make any final decisions.

So, with no answers for myself ~ how about you? Where are you going on your next adventure?