6 days ago
#BurgessTravels : Knowing that something Tookish lies within me, waiting to leap against my ribcage and roar to life at the slightest provocation. The fantastic thing about adventure is that it means different things to different people. Sometimes it means different things to the same person. To me, any moment, any experience — big or small — can be an adventure. It’s all perspective and mindset. My mind is fine-tuned for adventure. And despite the evidence currently littering my social media feeds, it’s not all about adrenaline-pumping extremes for me. Though, man, what a rush. On this journey through New Zealand, those long, breath-filled moments between activities brimmed with adventures of a softer nature. I had a moment of connection with a grieving cow. Followed my intuition and feet to a lively farmer’s market. Sat on a mountaintop looking down on an impossibly blue glacier lake. Watched mountains, farmland and wooly sheep whiz past as our bus hurtled down winding roads and my mind processed each adventure. Often on our global wanderings, someone in my travel tribe will say, “let’s go on an adventure.” When it’s unplanned, that usually means walking aimlessly until we find something that piques the collective interest. And we invariably do. Adventure awaits around every corner — while you’re travelling, when you’re at home in your own city, even in the underexplored corners of your own mind. Keep your eyes, mind and heart open and it will find you. We all have something “Tookish” inside us. Pursuing adventure is hard coded into our genes. So is seeking stability, routine and comfort. The key to a life well lived lies in striking a balance between these opposing intrinsic drives.