Adventure. It’s a word that you mainly get to hear on dating websites and movie trailers these days. The adventure starts when you either call the willing but rather costly housewife over 40 or buy tickets to see how superman smashes the heads of some maniac aliens, destroying three major cities in the process.
But what does it take to go on an actual adventure? How do you define it and how much does it cost?
Personally, after using several dating platforms in the gay wide web I got a bit fed up with the word adventure. It saddens me a little, that the only adventures many people can think of consist of sexual phantasies. While those surely have their impact on me as well as on most of humankind, I also enjoy to experience adventures of different sorts.
What is an adventure? To me, it’s a situation you get into by trying to solve a quest. The word ‘quest’ is heavily used in the video game industry for a reason. Diving into a storyline, defeating enemies and climbing buildings, all, from the safety from your living room sofa, has become a widely embraced trent. Especially young people enjoy those simulations. I don’t consider video games adventures, though. But the hype around them, in my opinion, shows how desperate people are to break out of their daily routines and do something special nobody else would dare. Are you one of these people? Then listen up!
The quest is a goal you try to achieve. The orgasm, listening to the ironing woman moan. Saving princess Peach from grumpy looking mushrooms and a – let’s face it – a turtle. The raise, that turns from your boss’s eyebrow to financial change. The feeling when the parachute opens and pulls you back into your gear. Love.
All those things are quests. And all of them I would consider an adventure – Number two only if your name is Mario and you are an Italian mechanic (Seriously. Write a comment below if your name is Mario and you are an Italian mechanic…)
All of them have another thing in common though. It’s the secret sauce that needs to be added to make a mere quest into an adventure. Let’s try and find out what that is.
Have a look at some other examples of quests:
An orgasm, after hearing the same ironing woman moan for the tenth time. Saving princess Peach, pressing buttons in front of your TV. Finally reaching the time when you can leave the office (you have to prove you are worth the raise you just got, right?). Putting the money down for the scarecrow tandem, who wouldn’t stop hitting on you. No, I don’t have a comparison for love.
Do these quests still sound so adventurous? I have to say, my tandem skydive was incredible, and I would love to do it again. But I already now I know that I want to raise the game and learn jumping by myself and even learn wingsuit flying one day.
All those very similar scenarios still inhabit a quest. But they lack the secret sauce for adventure.
“Is it thrill?”, you may ask. Let’s see. Imagine you came up with a quest for your adventure. For Mario, the Italian mechanic (I beg you, message me) the quest is to save princess Peach. Now, for a moment, let’s imagine, Mario had an empty world, that he could fill with enemies as he wished. He, himself puts the thrill into the world, he is about to run through. Would you still consider the way of reaching the goal of his quest an adventure? I wouldn’t.
It’s like travelling to an all inclusive resort with the occasional bus trip to see a bullfight in the nearby town. While a bull fight can be thrilling, it would surely be more thrilling, if you hadn’t known about seeing it that day, right? (And no, I do not support animal cruelty. Let my mind be lazy for a second)
Making a plan for the entire journey to the end of your quest is pretty much the opposite of an adventure. The more you plan, the easier it gets and the more your adventure shrinks.
What’s the spice in the soup of adventure?
It’s the act of leaving your comfort zone behind.
Of course, you can see a lot of interesting things, when you go on a tourist bus ride through London. But, I can tell you from having lived there: The best adventures you will experience when you get lost in the city. Riding the desert on camels, organized by a travel group might be a great experience, but it would only turn into an adventure if an unexpected sandstorm would break lose and you even lost your guide (Quest? Survival.)
Whether you have to keep a sweaty eye on the unlockable door that has your parents behind it, while you listen to the iron woman or shake because you worry, the only raise you might get from your boss, could be performed by his eyebrow: To heroically finish those quests, you have to leave your comfort zone.
Whether you have to make the leap over the edge of that plane door (or not convince your scarecrow tandem to stop last minute by promising him a date – hang on, that definitely would be an adventure too…) or open your ment heart up yet again, risking having it ripped into pieces by the next person: To reach the goal of these quests successfully, you have to leave your comfort zone.
To travel through Europe in a minivan, facing the possibilities of a lack of Diesel in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, facing countless of lonely nights, only to find myself to be the most loyal companion, discussing his stupid excuses after a guy tried to break into my tiny bedroom in the middle of the night? Freakin hell, despite all my nomadic tendencies: I had to leave my comfort zone and stop making excuses to finally get Hermes’ bum rolling South!
*The base recipe can be spiced up with additional herbs like the wild growing enemy or the common companion. Those spices, however, are not necessarily required for one delicious adventure.
Or are you about to cook your own bowl of adventure? Then let me know what your ingredients look like in the comment area below! I’d love to hear more about your adventures!
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