What is Adventure?

Coming up on age 42 with two small children, adventure has become hard to come by. In fact, I have found myself avoiding it. More specifically, I have found myself avoiding potential danger- the weight of two children depending on me is something I proudly carry, and I do not want to risk the possibility of doing something stupid that would lead to me not being there for them as they grow up.

Does that mean I can no longer go on adventures? When I considered the characteristics of ‘adventures’, I came up with a list of four things: the unknown, danger, discovery, beauty. Danger was high on the list. Does adventure have to be dangerous? Maybe. A simple google search on the word adventure seems to confirm this. Here are some sample definitions: ‘an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity’, ‘an exciting experience that is typically a bold, sometimes risky, undertaking’, ‘an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.’ Three definitions, all three involve the mention of danger, and its usual connection with adventure.

Next, I will review the top 5 adventures I have had in my life, and determine is danger was an integral part of what made these events exciting.

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