When Did You First Discover Adventure?
Adventure. It’s great, isn’t it? As you’ve probably guessed, we Go Ape folk are big on adventure, and not just because it’s part of our job. We’re always looking for ways we can get our next fix, from organising mini, weeknight adventures with our pals, to spending a few weeks scaling a mountain or two (or three).
We love those daring, heart-pumping, butterflies-in-the-stomach-inducing adventures. The ones where you start off thinking, “Why am I doing this?” and then finish thinking, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?!”
At the risk of sounding a little clichéd, living life adventurously is a lot like opening a tube of Pringles – once you pop… well, you know the rest. Adventure is addictive and we’re well and truly hooked. Are you?
When it comes to living life adventurously, everyone’s got to start somewhere – even the world’s most-celebrated adventurers were amateurs once. And for many people, it’s that very first adventure that is the most memorable, whether it took place two weeks, two months or two years ago.
What we want you to do is cast your mind back to the very first time you discovered adventure. This might be the first time you camped out with friends, the first time you braved off-piste skiing, or the first time you white-water rafted. It might be the first time you mingled with the locals in a foreign country or took-up a thrill seeking hobby.
Whatever your first adventure was, there’s no doubt you remember exactly how you felt in the run-up to it. All the excitement, mixed with nerves and anticipation – trying to steady your wobbling knees, while taking deep breaths to slow your racing heart rate.
And then, how you felt after your adventure. The “I did it!” kind of buzz you get as your knees stop trembling, the adrenaline starts to wane and your pulse rate starts to slow. That feeling is pretty incomparable, right?
A life lived adventurously is a life better lived. Why? Well, it encourages people to get out there – to try new things, visit new places and meet new people. It inspires you to push yourself to the limits to see what you’re really capable of. Adventure is everywhere, and it’s waiting for you to come and find it. (Who knows, maybe a trip to Go Ape will be where it all begins!)
So, it’s time to inspire others! We want you to reignite those memories of your first adventure and be an inspiration to us all. And, if you need an incentive, we’ve certainly got one: how does an adventurous family holiday to Corsica with Mark Warner sound?
To be in with a chance of winning, we want you to inspire others to live by the Go Ape ethos (which is to live life adventurously!). You might choose to share a story about your very first adventure, your latest adventure, or you could even describe that feeling you had when you did something amazingly adventurous. You’ve got just 250 characters… Good luck!