The age old question: “If you climb a mountain and don’t take a selfie…did it really happen?”
These days, it’s almost impossible to go anywhere, or do anything, without your cell phone. We rely on our phones as a way to communicate, plan, research, connect, and entertain ourselves 24 hours a day. These devices have morphed from a helpful accessory into an essential body part that we can’t seem to function without.
While I admit, our interaction with technology is walking a fine line to becoming an addiction, it has opened up a world — our world — of possibilities. I know some might see this exposure as a negative thing, but I choose to see it as a positive thing. Now, more than ever, people are realizing the potential of themselves and their surroundings.
With the advent of social media and the rise of shareable platforms, our definition of adventure, and the outdoors as a whole, has evolved. Adventure no longer means a first ascent on a remote peak or braving treacherous conditions out in the wilderness. It means going on a hike after you get off work. It means camping out with a group of friends on a local beach for the night. These experiences are what connect us to each other and to the world around us. Our generation’s relationship with nature has grown exponentially as more and more people are exposed to the idea of adventure, and quickly experience the benefits of getting outside.
Though the initial motive may have been to get that epic selfie for Instagram, Mother Nature is quick to show people just how beautiful this Earth really is. And on top of that, people want to share that beauty with others. From this relationship, only positive things can happen:
You look for more opportunities to get out there.
Once you’re hooked, it’s hard to not think about ways to be outside 24/7.
You become more aware of your affect on the planet.
The more you love our beautiful green Earth, the more you’ll want to take care of it.
You inspire others to go do cool shit outside too.
Every time you post that summit selfie, your friends and followers can see the amazing experiences you’re having outdoors…which will in turn inspire them to get outside and make some memories themselves!
Now, I may not be able to pick out the North Star without looking at a compass app, but I can tell you that every single day, I look down at my phone and I am inspired. I’m inspired by photos from the likes of Jimmy Chin and Chris Burkard, who share moments from dream locations all over the world. Ironically, I’m inspired to put down my phone (once I get there of course) and explore new trails, activities, and places. Now I may need my phone to give me directions, provide the trip’s soundtrack, or find the best coffee shop, but I made it there, right? And that’s what it’s all about.