Why it took 2 years to do what I love
When I left Ireland two years ago, I set out to create an online income which would enable me to pursue the role of a professional outdoor adventurer. It was difficult to explain this at the time, but rather than knock on doors in search of sponsorship like everyone else, I decided to step back and take an alternative path in my pursuit of adventure.
It was my belief that if I worked hard enough and wanted it bad enough, that I would make this happen. At the same time, I also knew it was important to be patient and this was arguably the most difficult part of what I was doing. After all, I wanted to be outdoors, not on a laptop.
The pursuit of outdoor adventures
I was initially writing for travel websites to generate this online income but over time, I would write content for anyone who was willing to pay for it. However, this writing business was never my passion, and while I did find the business side of things quite fascinating, it was never more than a stepping stone in what can be explained as a three part process:
1. Create a source of income online, 2. Get back outdoors and 3. Stay outdoors.
It may sound simple but this was the entire basis of my two year plan and even to this day, I am still convinced that if I continue to work with enough passion for the outdoors, then everything else will follow – including the monetary rewards that come with being recognized as an experienced professional.
But where did the idea of Microadventures Ireland come from?
It may also seem as though these trips have come out of nowhere but the concept has been around for quite some time and I have always been obsessed with them. In fact, several months ago, I published a microadventure in Africa, where myself and a local friend cycled into Hells Gate National Park and fell asleep to hyena sniffing our feet at the bottom of the tents. My feet had been so itchy to get started and get back out there.
Alastair Humphreys is the the pioneer of Microadventures and these short escapes have had an incredible impact on my lifestyle. It was always my plan to return home and use this concept to have a meaningful impact on the outdoor industry in Ireland.
Thing is, I had intended to do this after hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018 so to now find myself in the midst of this microadventure series is completely unexpected. I also find it ironic that it took two years to come back here and go wild camping in the Wicklow Mountains but the experience has been so sweet, and I now know that every last bit of the past two years was worth the effort.
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