Life is short. Really short. Stop for a moment and think about that. You will die, and probably sooner than you expect. I know what most of you are thinking. It’s scary. There will be so many things that you’ll never get to do. So many people you’ll never get to meet. But think on it a little longer. Let the thought in. Let it roll around in your mind. You might need to go away for a while and come back later. That’s ok. I’ll still be here.
Welcome back. There’s a certain and powerful freedom that comes with really accepting that you will die, isn’t there? Sure, it sucks that we can’t live forever but constraints force us to evaluate our options and make decision about who and what we want to be. Who and what we want to spend our time and energy on.
At it’s core, that is what the Lives of Adventure project is about. Beyond talking about daring quests and life-changing journeys, we’re exploring that process of evaluating options and making decisions about what’s most important to you in this one life that we have. I know that you’ll take away tips on how to manage a belay a little better, what to do when you’ve got a squall bearing down on you, and how to lead your team more effectively. But my sincere hope is that these stories, and the people who tell them, will make you think a little bit more about your direction, about your choices, and about how you spend each and every precious day. Make no mistake, whether you’re conscious of it or not, you’re either busy living or busy dying.