Thoughts on Adventure

On the edge of adventure

God it’s a thrown around word isn’t it? ‘Adventure’ is on fleek. New adventure merch, pinterest boards and instagram accounts dedicated to the pursuit pop up every day.

I’ll be honest with you. The incredible images that litter these feeds – of people on the edge of precipices, falling from the sky or laying in hammocks suspended between crevices – had turned me a shade of green. I had found myself recoiling every time I read the part of my bio that makes the claim The Foraged Life is a space for adventure stories. Like I’m fobbing myself (and you) off because I’m not on a perpetual backpacking, bungee jumping, adrenalin trip.

Then I had a think, and, as often happens after a think, I had my perspective reset and realised I was being a bit of a twonk. Now, I’ve got some fresh thoughts on adventure.

Sea viewMap readingAdventuring with friendsHorses on the horizonAdventure

You see technically – Oxford dictionary technically – adventure is an ‘unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous activity.’ In the Latin, bungee jumping isn’t even slightly referenced. ‘Adventure’ is simply a thing to come or about to happen.

On this count, I am a diehard adventurer (whether I just scaled the side of a mountain or simply made a decision out of the ordinary which took more guts than usual).

It means that what an adventure is to me is unique to me. It’s my precipice, my step into the unknown and across that line I usually stick the comfortable side of. Adventure is the move that took me a solid dose of bravery to make.

As it goes, I’m on a big one right now. I landed in South Africa a couple of weeks back after giving notice at my brilliant job and saying hearty goodbyes to all my favourites. It took the greatest injection of bravery I’ve needed to summon yet and every day calls for a bit more as I meet the ‘unusual, exciting and possibly dangerous.’ It even takes some when days are slowly rolling, mundane even, as I work out my modus operandi over here and decide to get out of bed.

I’m seeing a pattern though; when I step my foot out when I can’t see the ground beneath my feet, I see glimpses of magic in my life- of adventure. And, because life is definitively filled with unknowns and unsteady ground, I’ve decided we are all adventurers and adventuring- backpack in tow or not. Welcome to the club.

What do you think? What does adventure mean to you?

15 Comments

  1. Anna Malzy 3rd September 2016

    Ah Rach. As ever the most perfectly timed and beautifully written post. Couldn’t agree more that adventure is a personal venture; we’re all doing it in our own unique way and it means different things to each of us. I’m moving to France today, stepping off into the unknown, hoping to find some magic as I do. Thanks for your insights and it’s great to keep up to date with your adventures xxx

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    • Rachel 4th September 2016

      Oh you! Thanks for the encouragement. I am so excited for you. You’ll find the magic girl, you are made of it. Lots of love x

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  2. Pips 3rd September 2016

    I am reading this standing in a forest while waiting to do an Treetop Adventure. I am pretending that I’m not scared (it looks so high!) so that my 13-year-old embraces new experiences and thinks his mum is brave! Your words remind me though that, with a bit of reframing, some other things on the horizon could be an adventure too. But with less trees! Thank you.

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    • Rachel 4th September 2016

      Thanks Pips! Did you manage to do it? x

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  3. Jess 3rd September 2016

    Go on girl! Lots of good truths in here and lovely pics as always xxx

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  4. Vic 5th September 2016

    I actually think this is a pretty important message, with those edge hanging, always up a mountain over the prettiest lake ever accounts getting more numerous. My own introvertions perhaps just make this something I am personally sensitive too but that sort of conditioning, that there is a peak level of any kind of lifestyle isn’t good for most folk I’m sure, because most folk are doing something different. It’d be lovely if that was celebrated for the awesome that it is rather than as a tile in an unachievable mosaic because really….no one is ALWAYS up a mountain right??

    Um….I should probably stop ranting. Super lovely words as always!! :)

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    • Rachel 5th September 2016

      Right! Thanks for your thoughts. I am with you all the way. The idea of celebrating our uniqueness and how that is reflected in how we adventure is so much more appealing than the homogenous view of adventure we are given. Thanks Vic!

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  5. Celia 6th September 2016

    Love your photos. What a good group of adventuring gals! Hope you find the same in SA. Love love love, Celia

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  6. Cerys {mascara & mud} 8th September 2016

    Yes, yes and YES! ANd now I plan on losing myself in your lovely blog over my lunchtime.

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    • Rachel 9th September 2016

      Thanks Cerys! And me on yours…

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  7. Holly 18th September 2016

    For me, adventure is stepping out of my comfort zone and jumping into a world of unknown. Whether that be travelling to a new country with different cultures, or just exploring the area I live in. Or even visiting a restaurant I’ve never tried before. If it’s different for me, and it’s exciting, then it’s an adventure.

    Beautifully written post by the way. :) I hope you are having an amazing time in South Africa.

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    • Rachel 27th September 2016

      We are on the same wave length! Thanks for the wishes- it’s going well! Bonkers but well…

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  8. Carrie 19th September 2016

    What a lovely post, and such a lovely blog! I like to call myself an adventurer, but possibly only on simple terms. If I can do something every day that’s just a little bit out of my comfort zone, then that day has been an adventure :)

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    • Rachel 27th September 2016

      I totally agree Carrie! Go us ; )

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