Adventure is the word that I use to replace the term travelling, backpacking, holiday, or trip. Much energy and time have been wasted on debating the definition of the aforementioned terms. I recall Rangga’s statement in AADC 2, in which he explained the true difference between travelling and holiday. Travelling is the daring act to take risk and flexibility, which seeks to prioritize process over the result itself. Adventuring for me has been evolving over the years. It used to be a hobby, before it went to turn into a must-have. I used to go on an adventure when it’s holiday or I have a lot of free time. And now, for the sake of life balance, I traverse the globe in search for an adventure.
Now, the feeling to go on adventure is way more immense than last couple of years. Thanks to the abundant annual leaves, that made it possible for me to arrange my adventure. Back in college years, I cut my meal allowance in order to go on an adventure. Now, it’s easier to go on an adventure because finance is no longer a major issue.
Thank God, now I feel closer to myself. I began to understand that I am more keen to spend money on experience instead of things. My smile will spread larger after buying flight, concert, or other tickets for adventure instead the cutting edge tech. Now I am fighting with myself over choosing saving and going on an adventure.
e day, a colleague of mine asked, “Whoa, you travelled a lot! Where have you been? With whom? Can I join?” I’ve answered it, in the most perfect way. Till he threw me another question that left me contemplating in my room that night.
What are you looking for in the journey? Why are you constantly in the quest for an adventure? “Because I like going to places that I love, just like the one you see on the internet. Oh, and new friends!”, I answered in the most humble and standard manner. I believe what I am looking for is larger than my own existence. Sightseeing and new friends are just bonuses. Life lesson is the thing that I obtained during my adventure. I know myself better. I began to be more grateful for my own life, and more humble for realizing how small I am in this vast universe of land, culture, beautiful beaches, and foreign cities.
The emergence of various social media has again proved the true lessons from adventuring. Of course, nothing is wrong from uploading a picture of your trip. They checked in their Path account, and uploaded exactly the same photo in Instagram and Path altogether. Not only that, they will then proceed to send it to Facebook. Creating a memorable caption is the challenge, pushing creativity to the limits is the key. People are competing with each other to create the most beautiful caption. The uploader strives to put the anything; including a fampus quote, song lyric, or anything they found on Google. Caption was redefined in such a shape that convey the message to everyone that they are the real travellers. Indonesia is beautiful, get out from your home. OMG you guys only went to mall and not beaches like me? These are quite common sight these days. Often those who visited beach once, will label themselves as traveller or backpacker. Hashtags is a definite companion to their arrogance. Hearts and like are swarming like bees in every photo. Everyone is racing toward validating their social media presence. Nothing’s wrong with that. I also do the same.
Taking photo in Maya Bay, one spot which The Beach movie starred by Leonardo Dicaprio taken place at, is one of the most astounding moment for me. After arriving in Pulau Kelor/Padar, people will immediately take a snap of that spot. Then, a flood of social media comments telling that the uploader is a hits person will come. Taking phoyo with resting Komodo in Rinca Island is a must, same feeling that you earn when you climbed on top of mountain. Nobody has ever done that. I did it all the time. I brought my camera to immortalize the moments. However, from all lessons that I have learned through my adventure, most of them were lost in my social media excitement. What we get from adventuring was more than likes, love, praise, and all the glittery stuff we can find in fb, ig, and path. All the notifications in our smartphone means nothing compared to our lessons learned through the adventure. Adventuring will make you discover yourself more. When you are alone in your journey, we will do something unexpected that yield favorable and surprising results. When I am out with my friends, I learn how to manage the differences by knowing each other more. The real character of the person will show up during the trip. When things go south, we can learn more on how to think clearly and stop blaming others. In 2010, during a trip to Ranu Kumbolo, we were lost on our way up. I stay calm and collected throughout the trip and never once I ever thought about blaming my peer for the misfortune. Going on an adventure will make you more mature.
When I am in the field, I believed that the process is more important the the result. I realize the importance of travelling when I am sitting next to the bus window, near the happy family that laugh their heart out. When I set my foot on Annapurna base camp, I gazed in amazement. Not to the scenery, but at my own successful attempt at beating the fear in me. The process of beating my fear out from the bottom of the peak to the basecamp is the true award that I am most proud of compared to being on the mountain top. The farther we go, leaving home and all the memories, the closer we get to know ourselves. All the things that happened during the journey made us more mature than we were; it’s a whole package of its own. The lessons will be valuable for the future life that we have yet to have. For all the difference in life outside the office, we can learn to appreciate it. When the work and achievement are so far away from everyone’s or your superior’s expectation, we can learn to tolerate it without any resentment or anger. The mindset in facing differences will be different. We can face very problem in life or job with higher degree of maturity. We will become more patient, because we know who we are.
I believe that all of us have received that lessons; do not let pride blind you with social media vanity metrics. Let’s pack your backpack, leave your home, and return as different man. If you walk out on me, I am walking after you.