Word of the Week: Adventure

Backpacking

What is an Adventure?

adventure

/ədˈvɛntʃə/

noun

1. a risky undertaking of unknown outcome
2. an exciting or unexpected event or course of events
3. a hazardous financial operation; commercial speculation


Introduction

As I start writing an adventure blog, I find it fitting for the first entry to be about the definition of an adventure. So what is an adventure? The term can mean many different things depending on who you ask. Furthermore, what an individual feels is an adventure can change over time. One of my favorite books starts off with a discussion about adventure:

 We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!”
J.R.R. Tolkien,
The Hobbit

For anyone who has read The Hobbit, you already know that by the end of the book Bilbo has changed his thoughts on adventures. 

 My Adventures

I have been adventurous since I was young. Initially, my adventures consisted of exploring a “forest” of giant forsythia bushes in my parents back yard. I found amazing rocks and “artifacts.” I felt like I was in a different world. When we are young, everything feels new and exciting (mostly because it is new to us), but as we get older, it can be harder to capture that feeling. To me, that is what adventure means. It is a quest to recapture that awe and wonder felt at exploring something fantastic.

 

So come, won’t you join me on this adventure?

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