Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a talk by the adventurer Alistair Humphreys. How amazing to be able to say that ‘adventurer’ is your job title! The talk was at Newby Hall, as part of Ripon’s celebrations for the arrival of Le Tour de France which is coming to Yorkshire this July. I’m incredibly excited about the prospect, as a long term fan of Le Tour. Alistair is an incredible speaker. Honest, funny and so motivating, if you ever get the chance to hear him speak, then I really recommend it. Just be warned, it might have the same effect on you as it did on me. And that effect is the overwhelming desire for adventure. Starting with the incredible story of his four and a half year long round-the-world cycle tour, he moved through stories from a series of huge adventures and then ended with the microadventure.
I’ve written about ‘microadventures‘ before. They’re basically small, manageable adventures that you can fit into your everyday life. As Alistair (who created the concept in the first place) puts it, it’s about what you do in your 5-9, not your 9-5. It puts the potential for adventure within reach of all of us, not just the amazing individuals who choose a life beyond what’s considered ‘normal’.
So last weekend we went wild camping, just for one night. And wild swimming. It was amazing. The absolute peace and tranquility was an astonishing contrast to my usual hectic life, and reducing life down to the basic essentials—food and water, shelter, warmth, companionship— was an excellent way of reminding myself what’s really important in life. Maslow would be proud.
While my head is full of ideas like trekking across the globe on horse-back or walking the length of Europe, I am more likely to fit microadventures in to my life and perhaps so are you?
Would you consider a microadventure of your own? Have you already managed to fit them into your life? What adventure would you love to have?
Do let me know in the comments…