I don’t consider myself to be a very adventurous person, which is our Wednesday Word for this week.
But let’s look at the definition of adventurous:
Inclined or willing to engage in adventures; enjoying adventures
I’m a planner. I love to know what half I’m going to do next months in advance.
And yet I’ve been known, on occasion, if the stars aligned and I’m not injured, to sign up for a race at the last moment. And let’s face it, deciding to try to run a half marathon when the furthest you’ve run is a 5k? Some might consider that adventurous (we won’t mention that I trained almost a year for that first 5k).
Or the fact that one day, who knows why, I decided to try this running thing, even though I’d never run a mile in my life.
And then I decided I wanted to run a half in every state, which is definitely adventurous!
But let’s go even further back. To the day a realtor called and offered us movie tickets if we’d see 3 houses with her — which is exactly how I found my home for the next 15 years.
And not too long before we found that home, I decided to start my own business. In graphic design. I didn’t go to school for business or graphic design (I went for printing management, which was actually a calculated move on my part to get into graphic design). I had never worked in graphic design, although I had worked in printing.
Our attitude was that at least we’d have a really nice computer. I can’t say I was wildly successful as a designer, but I was in business for 13 years.
And how about hooking up with a little known (still little known, but still here) startup called About.com as their graphic design guide?
I may plan what I’m doing or where I’m going over a weekend, but I’m also willing to be spontaneous if the weather is nice or something fun catches my eye. And sometimes the fondest memories from a vacation are the stuff you do that wasn’t planned.
Okay, I guess I can say I’m adventurous, at least a little. Let’s look at the second definition:
Full of risk; requiring courage; hazardous
Nope, that is so not me. Riding a bike? No thank you, too easy to crash. Ditto with a motorcycle. Although I have been up in a hot air balloon and a glider.
Trying new classes, new groups, new sports? Obviously I have tried new things, but it can take me a while to talk myself into it. Running groups are hard — people rarely run my speed, and even though they say all paces are welcome, who wants to be stuck by themselves far behind the pack?
I did once take rowing classes. It looked like so much fun to be out rowing on the river. Except I found the boats to be so tippy it made me nervous; I don’t really know why, since I’m a strong swimmer. I stuck it out through about half the class, even the solo row where I veered nearly into the bank, but they were able to talk me through how to get out of there. And then I quit. I don’t usually quit, but it just wasn’t for me.
I keep saying I want to try SUP & kayaking. LL Bean has kayaking. I’ve been on a few vacations where trying SUP was an option, and yet I’ve still never stood on a paddleboard.
So, to sum it up, I can be adventurous but what I’m not is an adrenaline junkie. I’m willing to try new stuff, but I don’t like to try things that involve danger — no skydiving for me (ditto parasailing, motorcycles, and even zip lining).
Do you consider yourself adventurous?