We all view adventure through a different lens. For some, adrenaline provoking sports such as rock climbing or skydiving are the pinnacle of adventure. For others, pitching a tent for a night outside will suffice. And then there are those that make adventure a career: firemen and police officers, soldiers, disaster relief workers, peace corps volunteers and the like that look for bits and pieces of adventurous life peppered throughout the ordinary. In every case, adventurers are seeking a novel experience, and I suppose to that end adventure can become addictive. Like a tolerance to medication, we need more of it as the previous experiences become routine. Wherever you are on your quest for the unordinary day, it should be embraced. It’s those experiences that create lasting memories and inspiring stories after all is said and done. To keep you motivated, here are eight of the best adventure quotes that I could find. But remember, quotes are nothing more than words unless acted upon. So make sure you do your part.
“If happiness is the goal – and it should be, then adventures should be top priority.” – Richard Branson
Sir Richard knows that without having fun along the way, your achievements won’t mean much when all is said and done. That probably means a combination of focusing your efforts toward something meaningful, like Branson’s commitment to preserving clean oceans, and playing like a kid. We need both to achieve lasting fulfillment. Take it from an anointed knight.
“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” — Helen Keller
I’ve used this quote a few times before because I love it so much. We may often seek out adventure as a cure for the mundane, but sometimes adventure is thrown into our laps in the form of challenge. Rising up to meet it, to attack it and even embrace it is hard work, and depends largely on attitude, so have the right one.
“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Sometimes that next step is uncomfortable, often uncertain. We need to take it anyway, because to stay in one place means losing your edge. Adventure is always uncertain. That’s what makes it so attractive. Side note: Read On the Road, it’s incredible! I’ve read it twice.
Who wants a life of ease? And who wants a life in the office that you hate, and who wants to play golf? – Sebastian Junger
Not that there’s anything wrong with golf. I know a lot of people enjoy it and use it to relax. But it does epitomize a very predictable, low energy activity. The sport that’s not quite a sport. As far as wasting a good part of your life at a shitty job – yeah, there’s something wrong with that. Making your exit plan and acting on it is an adventure unto itself.
“Adventure isn’t hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life.” — John Amatt
See above quote from Helen Keller.
“If things seem under control, you are just not going fast enough.” — Mario Andretti
Slow and steady wins the race is an adage for children. You’re an adult now, and there’s a clock ticking. There will never be a good time to travel, or take two weeks off to section hike the AT, or change careers. There will only be good enough. So buckle up, hit the gas, and embrace the frenzy that follows. It’s just life amplified.
“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” – W. M. Lewis
Bonus Quote: “Do it all, and do it now. The future is not guaranteed.” – John Connelly
Taken from episode two of the Intrepid Northeast Podcast. John’s 60th birthday gift to himself was to undertake an epic 1500 mile paddle expedition throughout the northeast US and Canada. John is an inspiration for those that want to seize life and start checking some things off of their bucket list. Listen to the podcast on iTunes, the podcast app on your iPhone, Stitcher Radio (Android), or right HERE.