Keeping Track of Your Adventures

3What gets you outside? It might be the thirst for adventure and the desire for new and amazing experiences. Maybe it’s for the stories that you can later tell your friends and family. There are lots of good reasons get amongst it, but when your adventure count starts climbing into the uncountable, it can be hard to remember everything that you’ve done. As amazing as our brains are, they aren’t entirely reliable for keeping track of our adventures. Even the most awe-inspiring sights and life changing events can fade over time into distant memories. That’s why it’s important to document your outings.

There are a couple of ways to keep track of your adventures. You can carry a camera or smartphone with you and snap some photos, or you can take the old school approach of pen and pad.

Photographs are a simple way of capturing a visual memento of the things that you do and the places that you go. Cameras or phones don’t take up a ton of space and they’re relatively lightweight. A picture of a breathtaking view can be a good souvenir to remind you of an incredible trip. Some folks will say that a photograph is less meaningful that the memory of a view, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Suppose you hike up a challenging 14er. All of the work you put into the climb helps make the view from the top that much more meaningful. You earned the reward of a beautiful vantage from the top of a mountain. Taking a picture of the view doesn’t take away the achievement. It can serve as a reminder of that sense of accomplishment you experienced and help you remember what that felt like. However a photograph won’t necessarily help you recall the entire adventure.

That’s where writing about your travels and experiences comes in. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a thousand words will give you a better account of your experiences. You don’t have to be Shakespeare to write about your adventures. Your writings can be boring as dirt and riddled with misspelled words. You’re keeping a record of the things that you’ve done not going for a Pulitzer. Just write things down so you can look back and remember that funny thing that your friend said, or that close call you had with a raccoon.

Keeping track of your adventures isn’t hard to do and you will be glad that you did so later in life. You can share your stories for years to come or just look back and remember all of the fun you’ve had.

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