It is now a decade since I graduated from university and set out to try to live adventurously. I am fit and healthy, I spend time out in the wild, I have been to many places, and I make my living doing things I love.
Originally I wrote that last sentence differently. I wrote, “I am lucky: I am fit and healthy…”
But it’s not luck. Not really. It’s all about making choices, and then making them happen.
What I do feel fortunate about is that I have now reached a time when it feels appropriate to start making what I do a bit more useful and helpful to other people.
Here are a few statistics about western society.
- 60% of adults and 70% of children do insufficient physical activity1
- 60% of adults and 30% of children are overweight1
- 54% of people would like to take time out for an adventure or to travel3
- 90% of people do not feel that their current job is their vocation4
- 40% of people have not stood on a mountain or swum in natural water2
This is ridiculous. Ridiculous because it is all so fix-able:
- Turn off your TV and go for a run
- Eat less, run more
- Take time out and go on an adventure
- Quit your job and do something you love
- Climb a hill. Jump in a river
If you are fatter than you ought to be then the only person who can change that is you.
If you get out of breath walking up stairs and you’re under 60 then you need to do something about it. Now.
If you want to travel or do something different with your life it is up to you. Nobody can do it but you.
It is time for action. Time is ticking (click here to see the Death Clock). Time for me to start making an effort towards fixing these broken things that I care about very much.
I make my living from speaking and writing about the things that I do. I have a platform to preach from. And the time has come for me to practice what I preach.
So here is my manifesto for microadventure:
- In a boring, pragmatic world I appreciate that not everyone can muster the time or the money to go on a massive, whoopeedoo expedition. But everyone, everyone, EVERYONE can manage a microadventure. And to prove how strongly I believe that microadventures are fulfilling, challenging and worthwhile I have decided to not plan any major expeditions for several months. Instead I will do a microadventure every month.
- Each year I speak to thousands of schoolchildren about the thrill of expeditions in wild places. It has troubled me for a few years now that there is no formal follow-up to my visits to capitalise on the enthusiasm generated. This year I will make a concerted effort to set up a system for all the children I speak to to be offered the opportunity to have a wilderness experience of their own. [If anyone can help with this please get in touch]
- My blogging will be more focussed. There will still be some space for travel ephemera, daft comedy, wonderful books, and poems to fire the soul. But mostly I will concentrate on doing what you love, making stuff happen, travel writing, microadventures, and how these are all inter-linked and related to the statistics above.
As always I value the combined knowledge and wisdom of all you out there, so please do let me know what you think, what I can do better and so on.
Wishing you all a challenging and rewarding year. Let the revolution begin!