“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.
I didn’t always understand that I was supposed to be a writer. For the first 35 years of my life, writing was just a hobby. Like many writers, I began by avidly reading anything I could find–books, magazines, cereal boxes, street signs, and movie credits. I attempted my first short story when I was around ten years old, and the result was as awful as you can imagine a story by a 10-year old would be. As a socially awkward and kind of funny-looking teenager, I withdrew into the fantasy worlds I created on paper. Still, I never saw myself as a writer, and I ignored my English teachers who insisted otherwise. I was shocked when my sophomore research paper in college won an award by being judged one of the best research papers of the year, and I saw it as more of an indictment of how horrible everyone else’s research papers must have been. Upon graduation from college, with a shiny new business degree in hand, my pencil and paper started collecting dust as I embarked on what I thought would be an exciting journey into adulthood and the business world.
Instead, I trudged through more than 15 years in corporate America before becoming so cynical and disillusioned that I felt compelled to leave. I was never particularly good at navigating the delusive political waters of the business world and never could appreciate the unhealthy emphasis it places on appearances and perceptions, on wealth and power, and on precious efficiency. As individuals and as a society, I believe our time would be best served concentrating on truths, ideals, and each other instead of the bottom line or our own self-interest.
Far from a dead end, the business world was actually an opportunity for me to finally realize that I have all the disenchantment, self-consciousness, and eccentricity to be a successful writer. Like any stereotypical wordsmith, I am prone to daydream, feel chronically misunderstood, can sit for hours in a coffee shop with a laptop, and get unreasonably upset when others misuse to/too/two or their/there/they’re, so I feel confident my future is bright.
I’m an idealist; I place more importance on what should be instead of what is. I hope to inspire people by finding ways to improve myself and ways that we can improve our society. A strong motivation for my writing is learning all that I can and then sharing that knowledge with others. Above all, I want to connect. My work nearly always has a message. I want to entertain, provoke some thoughts, elicit some ideas, and help others see the world from a slightly different perspective. In life’s ordinary moments I hope to discover and share an extraordinary or subtle meaning that helps explain the mysteries of life.
Whether hiking through the wilderness or coasting through an ordinary day at work, there is a story in every adventure. I look forward to sharing mine with you. My work has so far been found in The Denver Post, Medium, and on several other online outlets. When not being kept busy by my wife, Liza, and two young children, I write from Littleton, Colorado, while staring at the Rockies from my window. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.