The values and wonders of outdoor recreation can’t always be described by a simple set of words; sometimes to teach, or to understand it yourself, metaphors are useful tools to have. It connects two figuratively different concepts and lets the combination simmer in your thoughts. Here are five metaphors to bust out at the next campfire, to leave you thinking about your day at day’s end, and most importantly, help you better understand that primal need to get out and play:
Outdoor Living and Corporate Learning
Functioning outdoors with other people doesn’t necessarily require teamwork, but life is whole lot more enjoyable when everyone collectively works together. Who’s got the cooking pot? Can someone help me with my tent? The team building and group dynamics required in camping makes for a short leap of the imagination into the cohesion and group-think mentality needed in a corporate structure. And not only in the suit and tie sense. Church groups, PTA’s, and community organizations of all types; in order for them to fully succeed, they need the values and concepts that are easily transferred over from time spent in the great outdoors.
Road Tripping Frontiersman
Looking for an excuse to hit the pavement for the long road trip? Just think of the pioneers past. When they headed West for the first time, they may of known what direction they were going, but they had no idea what their final destination truly was, or even what they’d come across along the way. And chances are, if you are taking a long road trip of your own, into the unknown, then you yourself share similar circumstances. Fear not though, said the original frontiersman, although the road is not paved, it still leads to somewhere.
Your Body is a Vehicle
A good way to keep up with your personal health and fitness is to relate your physical body to an automobile of your choice. and whether you’re behind the wheel of a sleek sports car or VW bus, some basic concepts can still apply. Imagine your feet as the wheels; it’s awfully hard to run without all of them functioning properly. Make sure your shoes are tied tight and there’s nothing to create a flat. Or how about your fuel intake? Do you think your vehicle runs better on a healthy meal or some bottom of the barrel discount fuel at a gas station? Throw in those muscle-like engines, the windshield eye-wear, and the after burners of a settling stomach; you’ll have your vehicle running smoothly in no time.
Rock Climbing and Everyday Life
Alright, it’s not just rock climbing, but all recreational pursuits that make great metaphors for everyday life. The same moving forward past new anchors concept can be applied to each new mile you run, and each campsite you reach; but it’s good to get specific with it. Like how the integral role that conversations have between belayer and climbing can reflect the importance of communication between any two people with shared goals. Or the achievement felt atop the crag after a laborious struggle, and realizing the other accomplishments in your life that involved similar feelings of a steady struggle. Whatever it is, experience it for yourself first.
Life is an Adventure
Cliche as it may be, I hope everyone has come to understand this worn-out metaphor in the least bit. And the beautiful thing is, no one will understand it entirely. Things will go wrong and maps will go missing, crossroads will come and go, and wrong turns will sometimes swing into the right direction; if we knew how it was going to be, it wouldn’t be an adventure. and as old and perhaps ingrained into the human spirit as it is, the adventure is rarely about the finish-line, but instead it’s about all the people, places, and perspectives you run into along the way.