A couple of weeks ago I found myself hurtling down to London after hastily purchasing a ticket for an 'Adventure Gathering' event hosted my one of my idols, Mr Al Humphrey's, a world-cyclist, micro-adventure pioneer, all round adventure Gooroo. I went down there in a pool of cluelessness, not knowing what the event was really about, the layout or who I would meet, purely triggered by colourful buzz words, 'adventure', 'film makers', 'authors', 'community', 'inspire', so I brought a ticket and jumped at the opportunity.
Located at 'Escape the City' HQ, a company whose goal is 'to help talented professionals escape unfulfilling jobs and forge exciting, unconventional career paths.', seemed even more humours and almost mocking to its surroundings as it was, out of all places, in the centre of the banking district. A building full of incessantly energetic and colourful individuals just one floor up from a crowd or grey faced, double chinned bankers heading to the bar opposite the office to tie the evening off with talks of figures and percentages.
The purpose of the event was to help, inspire, advise, and connect adventurers of all ages who were planning adventures big or small (mostly big). And what a WONDERFUL event it was too. It was incredibly refreshing to be communicating with such like minded people. My idea of of cycling around India was a huge one in my mind, but speaking to a lot of people throughout the evening I realised just how small the idea really was in comparison. There was non of the 'sensible' people telling you that it's stupid, or silly or asking you 'shouldn't you been getting a real job', these were exciting, bubbly characters that were fully supportive of everyone's endeavours, you could of told someone that you wanted to cycle round the world on a unicycle with a bucket on your head and they would of been like, 'Hell yes! Why not?! GO FOR IT!'.
I heard someone say once that 'Environment dictates performance' and I believe in in wholeheartedly. With interesting people or role models surrounding you, you'll start to dream bigger, plan bigger and achieve more, more of the 'right' thing and you won't feel so alone in you big, hairy, audacious ideas. So force yourself into an environment with people that can help and inspire you and help you create that momentum to whatever it is you want to achieve, and don't be distracted or swayed by 'respectable' people and their raised bloody eyebrows. Let them continue with their sensible lives and continue with your exciting adventure!
Me and Al and a couple of must reads from the shelfs of 'Escape the City'.