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Overcoming Adventure Envy

You know that feeling. The one you get in the pit of your stomach, usually brought on by a glimpse of something spectacular: a tropical beach, a medieval castle, a hidden temple, or an aerial landscape view from a helicopter. In short, a glimpse at someone else’s adventure.

It’s never fun turning into the green-eyed monster. But sometimes it’s hard to avoid. The voice inside nags at you, “But I want to go lay on that beach. And I want to visit the castle, and the temple, and ride in a helicopter!” It’s an annoying little bugger, that voice. But it’s there all the same.

Do you ever look at someone else’s photos, or social media feed or blog or whatever, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing that too? The internet and social media has opened the doors to breaking down boundaries and exploring the work in a whole new way. It also, however, has created the platform for harsh comparisons. Too many people look at the leaders of their respective fields and get this feeling of inadequacy – like they somehow don’t measure up.

I point this because in the modern landscape of perfect edits and highly curated feeds, the concept of adventure envy, or any lifestyle envy for that matter, may act as a deterrent. And it need not be.

I think the key to overcoming adventure envy is to realize that there are many different styles of adventurer. Not all of us are going to be a Trey Ratcliff, or a Chris Burkard, or a luxury travel writer jetting off to one exotic location after another. But that doesn’t make our adventures less important. Or less meaningful.

So go out there. Take crappy photos with your iPhone, or blurry ones with your DSLR still on automatic mode. Who cares. This is your journey.

Because that is the truth in which the truly adventurous spirits lies – the ability to strike out independently, and do it as no one else has ever done before. And you’ll be doing it on your own terms.

{Image by Trey Ratcliff}

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