As you may know, I am walking from Dublin to the Great Blasket Islands in Kerry.
I also get sidetracked on this walk quite a lot. Some trails are not part of the plan or even in the right direction but it doesn’t really matter.
In other words, I might change direction but I still have the same plan for the following day – to keep walking around Ireland. And it’s quite a strange feeling to walk with no grand purpose in mind.
You see, many of my previous adventures were motivated by deficiency. I thought that something was wrong with me or my life and wanted to use those adventures to address my personal issues. But I also wanted to prove to myself (and others) that I had what it took to be a big, strong, tough Irish adventurer.
That was my perception of an “adventurer” – someone that looked big, strong and tough!
How My Thoughts on Adventure Have Changed
However, I grew tired of this way of thinking and to be honest, I ran out of issues to address. It also seemed rather silly to be searching for some sort of purpose or “reason” to be getting outdoors and taking adventures.
With this in mind, I only wanted to walk the Camino to have a good time.
And that trip really challenged how I thought about adventure. It was rather easy in terms of walking or logistics but I had an amazing time. What’s more, I still found that trip just as rewarding as any of the others.
For example, I missed camping but I didn’t really miss any of the pain or suffering that I found while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I never had to reach a specific supply point either which was very different to the pressure experienced on my cycle across Africa. Meanwhile, my motivation to walk the Camino in pursuit of enjoyment allowed me to forget my worries and embrace the simplicity and freedom of adventure.
Moral of the story: I’m learning through all these experiences that adventure really is just a state of mind.
My Motivation for Walking Around Ireland
And that’s what has me so relaxed and content on my walk around Ireland – it’s simple and fun. I’m walking from one place to another without any worries or pain or need to attach some sort of purpose to the trip.
But what’s my motivation?
I’m walking around Ireland because I really enjoy walking.