“Every experience is a form of exploration.” — Ansel Adams
Adventure is the pursuit of the unknown. It is following your curiosity. But it is more than just what travel or the outdoors can provide; it can also be present in ordinary life. If you can explore something new each day, you will live a rich and rewarding life. I write about all things adventurous.
Writing was just a hobby for the first 35 years of my life. I attempted my first short story when I was around ten years old. As an awkward and funny-looking teenager, I withdrew into the many fantasy worlds I created on paper. Still, I never saw myself as a writer. I ignored my English teachers and professors who insisted otherwise, and I ignored my passion for writing in deciding to earn degrees in business and accounting.
My pencil and paper only collected dust in the years that followed college. I had embarked on what I thought would be an exciting adventure into adulthood and the business world. Instead, I found myself immersed in a superficial and callous corporate America. I clashed with those who placed an unhealthy emphasis on perceptions, antagonism, and transactional relationships, and I aggravated bosses with my lack of enthusiasm to climb the corporate ladder.
These struggles awakened my passion for writing and ignited my voice to advocate for change. I learned how successful leaders make people and organizations thrive. I learned how to find happiness beyond success and failure. I discovered what I stand for and how to define myself outside of a career. I found what is important for me and learned to build a life around that. My adventure didn’t take me where I thought I was going, but I ended up being right where I needed to be.
Today, I am an operations manager at a regional accounting firm in Denver. In my own time, I write about my adventures in the outdoors and in life. I find stories in every adventure and I look forward to sharing mine with you. You can find my work in The Denver Post, Medium.com, and on several other online outlets. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.