Therefore, we will start with the basics of adventure. We've all had adventures in life, and some of the stories I enjoyed most as a child took the form of adventures.
What are some adventures in our lives?
- Learning to do something new--walking, riding a bike, driving a car.
- Beginning something major--the first day of school, heading to college, the first day on the job, waking up in your new home the day after you're married.
- Trying something new or coming up with a plan of your own--making up your own recipe, building something yourself, fixing your own mistake.
- A commitment to something--your new diet, your exercise plan, a vow, a promise to do better at something (your marriage, parenting, being a good son/daughter)
How does that translate? Well, if you think about those childhood adventures, you can probably easily identify the key components an adventure in them. An adventure has six main parts:
- The point of departure, home, or where we start. We need to see ground zero before we're ready to take the adventure or we won't appreciate the departure.
- The quest. Most adventures begin with a goal.
- The journey. An adventure requires leaving the bounds of our home and what we know and embarking on a journey into the unknown (and the difficult).
- Challenges/obstacles. If the journey is easy, it's not very interesting. Most adventures require at least three of these.
- The obtaining of (or the failure of obtaining) the goal. We need to see it won or lost.
- The return home. We need to see how the adventure has changed our hero and how that change translates back in his home environment.