We imagine you’re here because you love an adventure as much as we do, or at least, you used to. Maybe in a past life, you were a worldwide explorer travelling from continent to continent with only a backpack on your back. Or, maybe you have always had a passion for the outdoors, exploring our beautiful ocean underwater or above it. But, perhaps due to being stuck inside for the past few years, the time of the year, or just perhaps you don’t have the time anymore and you feel as if you’ve lost your adventurous side. As the days go by, even the most adventurous ones out there go through periods of life where they don’t feel as adventurous or exciting as they once were.
It’s a known fact that we humans are creatures of habit. We are happy to conform to a routine and changing it can feel incredibly stressful, but being tightly bound by our own behaviour can be equally as unhealthy.
Here at Saltie Sports, we’re here to help you rediscover your sense of adventure! We live for adventure and all things that make us feel alive. So, if you’re looking to rediscover that side of yourself, then read on.
What is a sense of adventure?
A sense of adventure can have many different explanations and can mean completely different things to different people. To some, a sense of adventure can mean a willingness to try new things, no matter how small that new thing may seem. To others, a sense of adventure may mean doing something out of the ordinary, something that puts you so far out of your comfort zone and gives you an adrenaline rush like you’ve never felt before. When you first set foot on a paddleboard, it was that sense of adventure that encouraged you to keep practising and improving, even if it sometimes meant falling head over heels into the water. So are you ready to say yes to adventure again?
How do I rediscover it?
A sense of adventure can naturally ebb and flow throughout life. We go through phases, sometimes having more freedom, more spare time or more desire to get out there and experience adventure. But, when we feel like we’re stuck in a monotonous routine, how do we add more adventure into our lives?
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
The idea of getting into a routine is something that is encouraged when we’re children and even into our adult life to promote growth and stability. But, becoming too reliant on routine can be detrimental to us as adults. As we become bored as do our brains. It has actually been scientifically proven that stepping out of your comfort zone increases productivity and creativity. So, if you’re in a creative rut then try something that you wouldn’t normally. It might be all you need!
Try Something New
As previously mentioned, adventure looks different for everyone. For some trying a new cuisine may be just as exciting as SUP surfing is. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes and is completely personal. It’s important to remember that what one person demes as exciting and adventurous, another person might not. There is no one size fits all. You may also have changed since you last did something adventurous. Especially if it was a while ago, so, keep that in mind. Whether you choose to take a calm paddle on the water or enter a SUP touring event, paddleboarding can be an epic way of rediscovering your sense of adventure.
Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
It is so ingrained in us, from a young age, to want to get things right the first time. Sometimes we forget how much we actually learn all of those times when we get it wrong. That time we were trying to perfect our paddle stroke but actually ended up falling off? You actually learnt how to get back on your board. That time you went the wrong way, you were actually perfecting your paddle stroke.
Often the reason we hold ourselves back is not because of deep-rooted anxieties, but rather a fear of ‘getting it wrong. Leave these thoughts at the door and get out there and forget about getting it right and just do it.
Don’t ever let fear or comparison control you. How many times have you scrolled through your social media feeds, all to feel like you’re missing out on something? Do you feel like you’re too young, too old, too rich or too poor to do something? It’s an amazing feeling to find out how much you’re actually capable of when you choose to step outside of your comfort zone to try something new and adventurous. Forget what others think, or more often than not, what your head is telling you and start saying yes to the things you want to do. The things that make you feel alive and reignite your sense of adventure! Oh, and do it all with your paddleboard in tow. It’s a great way to reignite that spark inside yourself, promise!
Need help choosing a paddleboard for your next epic Saltie adventure? We recommend you start here!
Need more advice on how to choose your next paddleboard? Also, read our post Top 10 tips to paddleboard as a beginner here.