What will you see, where will you go, how will you connect with your natural world over the next 12 months? A first adventure to the Rocky Mountain West? A float trip through an Alaska wilderness? Kudu hunting in Namibia? A return to the woodlot where your dad shot his first whitetail?
Time waits for no one. Whether we sit and wait or jump and go, the world keeps on turning. Tectonic plates shift, water flows, winds blow, plants grow, animals live and die and so do we. The longer we wait, the more challenges, accomplishments, joys and adventures we miss.
“Go while you are able.” This is the recommendation of hunting consultant Jack Atcheson & Sons. Too many of their clients regret postponing grand adventures when they realize they no longer have the physical ability to conduct them. Don’t make this mistake.
Start planning, living and saving now in order to do as much as you can as soon as you can.
If you are young without responsibilities for a family, consider becoming a hunting or fishing guide. Rest assured you won’t make much money, but you’ll live adventures that your clients will be paying thousands of dollars to share. If you’re married, include your spouse in your outdoor fun. Share hunting, fishing and camping. If you have kids, take them. Something as simple as a camping trip to a bluegill pond or a rabbit hunt on the old farm is to a child as grand an adventure as a safari to the wilds of Africa. Use such trips to develop your outdoor skills.
If you hope to someday hunt Dall sheep or Cape buffalo, set goals and deadlines. Give up unnecessary expenses like tobacco, booze, 1,000 network satellite TV, $5 designer coffees and $200 running shoes. Live simply, eat well, exercise and save your dollars for some real living — outdoor living. Outdoor adventures.
The Earth is a rare and magical place. It is filled with wonders. And it’s our home. We have as much right as any other creature to explore, swim, run, see, smell, taste, fish, hunt and indulge in the natural world.
So get moving.