What is Adventure?
These are the words your mind uses to prevent you from adventuring, from reaching your full potential: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt.
Photo credit: Maria Lisignoli.
In an effort to break free from our mental constraints, my friends and I planned the trip of a lifetime. On Friday the 13th, we would snowboard in the Rocky Mountains, road trip to Denver, fly to Atlanta to meet up with some of our friends so we could all fly to Florida together, allowing us to surf in the Gulf of Mexico. No blizzard conditions, flight delays, mental constraints would stop us from living this adventure.
Friday the 13th was a crazy day. We woke up early in Breckenridge, Colorado so that we could drive over to Arapahoe Basin for a half day of skiing. It started out cloudy which was no big deal, but to our surprise, there were blizzard conditions on the way. We disregarded the warnings and chose to journey up to the peak of the mountain so that we could ski down the entire mountain before we drove to Denver for our flight.
By the time we got to the top, the blizzard had reached us. With all of the snow that was blowing around, it was hard to see where we were going. Luckily, we were able to make it to the base of the mountain without problems. We packed up the rental car and started our trip out of the Rocky Mountains to Denver. In an effort to make it to our flight on time, we pushed through blizzard conditions to make it to the city.
Once we arrived at the airport we soon realized that both our friends’ and our flight to Atlanta were delayed. Uncertain that we were going to make our connection to Florida, we all boarded the airplane and hoped for the best.
Upon arrival, we were able to make it to our gate with ease. But where were our friends? We soon received a message from our friends who used the in-flight Wi-Fi to tell us they were still in the air and that the flight attendants rebooked their plane tickets for the next day. We did as much as we could to try to make the plane wait for our friends but there was nothing they could do to delay the flight. We sat there waiting to see if our friends would make it.
15 Minutes before they closed the boarding doors we received a message that our friend’s plane had landed and was searching for a gate. You could feel the anxiety in the air. With 3 minutes left, in the distance, we could see our friends sprinting through the Atlanta airport. There was joy and relief in the air. We all boarded the airplane with just seconds to spare.
At no point did we give up hope. The next day we woke up early, grabbed our surfboards, and caught the morning swell. Our mental barriers were broken down and we were able to experience true freedom. The next 60 hours were spent relaxing and celebrating our ability to live our dreams.
The only thing that can stop you, is you.