Spirit of Adventure

The spirit of adventure is to feel the pressure of limited possibility and push back.

If it were easy, it wouldn’t be called adventure. Whether one steps out the door in search of it or…

The spirit of adventure is to feel the pressure of limited possibility and push back.

If it were easy, it wouldn’t be called adventure. Whether one steps out the door in search of it or stumbles upon it purely by accident, you can hardly know the outcome. Challenge and mystery are at the very heart of adventure and the desire to test perceived limitations at the heart of every adventurer.

Adventure is about finding courage to do what most people would not. There was a time when the “civilized” world would not sail too far for fear of falling off the planet. It sounds funny now, but only because adventurers taught us to laugh at the notion of a flat Earth by challenging conventional wisdom of the day.

Adventure is about taking risks. Even though you don’t know the outcome, there is something out there worth pursuing. Risk and reward have long been regarded as proportionate to each other. Walt Disney certainly didn’t have success at first, but he took opportunities to learn and used every success he earned to build momentum to undertake new risks. Failing only turns into failure when you decide to give up.

Adventure is about blazing new trails. Google can’t tell you how to do everything because everything has yet to be done. Someone has to be the one staring out at uncharted territory, tasked with making the map. Just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that it can’t be. Remember, there was a time before space travel, airplanes, automobiles and wheels. One does not simply walk into Mordor, but as tiny people with fuzzy feet have taught us, there’s more than one way to the fires of Mount Doom.

Most of all, adventure is about self discovery. You will never truly know yourself until you’ve known obstacles and opposition. How you handle some situations can’t be hypothesized. You have to encounter them to know. Finding out who you are and what you’re made of is one of adventure’s greatest rewards.

The Spirit of Pioneering statue inside Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street, U.S.A at Disneyland

About Matthew Hansen

Matt is a photographer and graphic designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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8 Comments

  1. is this statue at the Disneyland Resort? I’ve never seen it before.

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  2. Excellent post Matthew! Very stirring and encouraging! ;D

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    1. Thanks, @angelandrew:disqus! I’m glad! 🙂

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  3. It is a model in the Main Street Opera House (Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln area)

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    1. Thanks for helping out, @disqus_5XbuFRZtrT:disqus!

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      1. Besides the fantastic photos, that I enjoy daily, I equally enjoy the treasure hunt that you guys send me on through your photography. This one was a real challenge! Thanks!

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  4. Thanks, Don McKinney. I’ll have to look out for it next visit to the Park.

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    1. There are probably two dozen or so characters like this in a wall display. Technically, this is the “Spirit of Pioneering”. The “Spirit of Adventure” model is a sea captain. This model says adventure to me more than the captain, so I took license. It reminds me of the sort of explorer that Carl and Ellie admired in “UP”. Adventure is out there! 🙂

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