On taking big risks, embarking on new adventures, and getting out there

So there is this guy I’ve known since high school. Handsome kid, hardworking college graduate pursuing a career as an investment banking analyst. I’m always flattered to see comments and ‘likes’ from him as I document all my adventures, but he recently surprised me with the biggest compliment I have ever received.

Yesterday morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see a declaration from him in my news feed. It read:

“Holy crap! I just told my boss that I’m quitting my job to go travel the world. I’m either insane or just made the best decision of my life…I’m gonna say the latter! Wow, It’s all happening.”

Naturally, I jumped to congratulate him on his bold decision. I told him the truth: He had just made the best decision of his life. His response?

He told me that I was a part of his inspiration to quit his job and head out on a journey of worldly adventures. 

That, folks, is what this is all about. Maybe it’s the obscenely early morning and the lack of coffee flowing through my body at the moment, but I’m admittedly a bit misty-eyed to think that I contributed even the tiniest fraction of motivation for him to take such a daring leap into the world. Inspiring others to embrace life as an adventure is the reason I document my trips, spend endless unpaid hours writing, and take photos of every glorious little moment that enchants my life. And apparently, it worked.

Readers, consider this a call to arms. I dare you to leave your comfort zones, ditch the doldrums you’ve resigned yourself to, and get out into the world. Evan is choosing a truly courageous journey to experience destinations far beyond our country’s borders, but any adventure will do.

Can’t quit your job? Take a sabbatical. Take a long weekend – hell, just take the afternoon off. Drive outside of city limits, head towards the mountains, and get some dirt on your boots. Life is calling, and you can either sit around and let it pass you by – or you can take advantage of the adventure that awaits you. Go. Be bold. Take big risks, they tend to reap big rewards.

Seriously, you can do this.

Evan, congratulations again on following your intuition and seeking a journey that will ultimately change your life forever. I wish you all the best of luck and fortune during your travels – and can’t wait for you to unveil your own travel blog so I can keep up with all your worldly adventures. I am beyond honored to have been even the slightest inspiration for your decision to get out into the world. Cheers, buddy!

Katie Boué lives and breathes the outdoor lifestyle. She is an ardent advocate for fresh air, muddy boots, and clean eating. After spending a 365 days living in a van during a yearlong climbing road trip, she continues to document and share the everyday adventures of life.

Comments

  1. Joshua Riggins says:

    Great blog. Unfortunately, I can’t quit my job (just yet anyways). But I do get out and adventure quite abit. Have to work hard to adventure hard

  2. I work too hard for too little adventure. Cannot wait to quit the job. (Just another few months!!!)

  3. Sweet!! So proud of him. You are totally right- telling people about all your adventures with the hope someone will be inspired is worth it. I’ve quit my job before to move overseas and volunteer- one of my good friends at work said I gave her the motivation to do the same thing. She went bigger and better and spent a year in Ethiopia and married an Ethiopian guy. I always hang out to that little piece of happiness knowing that I inspired her journey- makes it easier to write and be yourself. You never know who is watching and taking notes!

  4. Loved reading your blog today, my feelings exactly. Drop your resignation, turn off the computer and walk out the door…..go experience your adventure!

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself, Hazel. Sometimes, I feel like I must be insane – but most days, I feel like it’s the ‘normal’ people who aren’t doing it right!

  5. Love it and it is so true! Hubby was a stock broker and I an orthodontic clinical coordinator. Both of us at our jobs for 12 years. We ditched those worlds, hit the road traveling a year, ended up in Moab, he’s a professional photographer and I run our photography gallery. We head out on adventures as often as we can and tote our 3.5 year old along. Live life and take risks is what I say! :)

  6. We quit permanent jobs to go on a six month honeymoon in 1999 and never looked back. Once you taste freedom it’s really hard to go back to how things were. Many people said to us “I’d love to do it too but I have a car and a mortgage.” So did we. Until we didn’t!

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