"I always thought that I was an adventurous type of guy, having visited many countries and enjoyed cultures that aren’t typically on the mind of the ‘everyday’ tourist. A couple of years ago, I decided to explore the world of motorbikes, with my first bike being a Honda CBR 125R – a great little bike that I really enjoyed riding around on.
"A short while after meeting Andrew, he invited me to join him on a tour of Wales. Before this, my little 125 and I had done little journeys, small jaunts, 30 mile round trips to be more precise. After my tour with Andrew, I had gone pretty much the length of Wales, from south to North and back again – I had gone ten times further than I had ever gone before.
"The trip was an amazing experience, one in which Andrew was ever present, supporting my development and helping me explore my passions and desires. The trip has resulted in me not only working towards a bigger bike and bigger trips, but also a better future. I am more focused and determined now, aiming for what I really what, rather than settling for second best."
Richard is now working with an NGO establishing primary education in the Middle East.
What is Adventure?
For a child it may be their first-time solo visit to the corner shop 50 metres away.
For a teenager it may be a week away from their family.
What is it for you?
In a world where it is difficult to find a physical activity that has never been done before (solo swimming of the Atlantic is still unaccomplished) many people seek experiences that will take them into unknown territory, not perhaps physically but emotionally and spiritually.
Google the word ‘adventure’ and you’ll get 887 million entries.
Wikipedia defines it as "an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome … The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, a love affair, or other major life undertakings."
The Old English roots of the word advent are the Latin adventus â€˜arrival,â€™ and advenire, from ad- â€˜toâ€™ + venire â€˜come.â€™
A sense of the level of risk is personal.
Some people are afraid of spiders. Others are afraid of taking out a business loan. Adventure means invading that unknown and finding out for yourself what is there.
Pushing the boat out.
In Powerchange we have helped many people launch themselves towards new and unknown inner and outer ‘worlds’:
Martin Hewitt, one of our Partners based in Warwick regularly stretches young people with visits to Mongolia, Peru, and Africa.
Tim Abel, our Partner in South Wales has a history of adventure too, in South America and Asia.
Gillian Curtis has worked with charities in out-of-the-way parts of Africa with her husband David.
Pete working for a charity in the Andes, Richard pioneering a new school system in Jordan.
Many of our coaches and clients are adventurers, going beyond the normal, beyond their comfort zones (often way beyond!) testing their limits, discovering inner strength, renewing their relationship with risk.
What will you do?