One of my simple pleasures in life is reading magazines. How fabulous is it to regularly get all sorts of interesting new reading material in your mailbox or on your e-reader?
One magazine that Pete and I have subscribed to for years is Outside. Without fail, whenever one of us is reading an issue, we’ll stop and show the other one a fascinating article we’re working on. Even the resident middle schoolers are starting to pick up an issue every now and then.
If you’re not familiar with Outside, it’s all about adventure — adventure sports, adventure travel, adventurous adventures, adventure gear, adventure books we should read, adventure foods that possibly contain more legs than mammals have… Well, there’s more than just that, but you get the idea. The writing is terrific — I often feel like I’m there in the action. Over the years, I’ve “climbed” mountain ranges around the world, explored the North and South Poles, been introduced to various climbers and adventurers and athletes, gone to the Olympics, camped in hidden places around the world, and more… so much more.
I find my fascination with Outside to be interesting because I often read about adventures that I have no intention of ever attempting, but which I peruse with the absorption of someone who is about to embark on that very journey. And even if I don’t go off on that particular expedition, it might inspire me to do something new.
Climb Everest? I don’t think so. But I have totally considered trekking the Annapurna Circuit.
Camp in the really wild wilderness? No way. But I enjoyed glamping in New Zealand and would do it again. In fact, Pete and I are currently negotiating a possible family tent-camping adventure.
(“Negotiating” means that he’s trying to talk me into it and I’m demanding a full emailed proposal from him, including gear we’d need, how many nights of roughing it he wants, and what kind of nice hotel we’ll check into immediately afterward so that I can shower and get the nature off me.)
Run a marathon? Never. (And I mean it.) But I’m now more interested in trying some trail runs … just as soon as I can outrun bears.
Sign up for a Tough Mudder? Nope, definitely not. But one of my gal pals has talked me into doing a less hardcore, but still very muddy and filthy, mud run next year with several of our equally bad ass friends. If you knew how much I hate being muddy and filthy, you’d understand what a big deal this is.
Ski and snowboard? Pre-kids, I skied, but now I’m more interested in trying snowshoeing. Luckily, I’ve been able to read up on gear.
Do Ironman Kona? Never. But my family totally loves watching the coverage every year.
Eat a truly rare and amazing chocolate? If your husband is as awesome as mine, yes, you will.
And that’s the great thing about magazines like Outside: They take you out of your mental comfort zone and show you all the possibilities out there in the world. Most of us won’t hike in Denali, but many of us will be inspired to lace up our sneakers or boots and get outside in general.
Tell me: What do you read that takes you out of your comfort zone? Have you been inspired to try something new?
Disclaimer: Y’all know I don’t work for Outside, but it also bears mentioning that they didn’t ask me to write this or anything like that.