There once was a time when risking it all was the admiral path. The prospect of sailing beyond the horizon in search of uncharted territories was held in the highest esteem. What’s more, exploration and adventure was an actual career path. Countless young wanderers sought the edges of the earth by any means necessary. Bingham, Darwin, Polo. They all had one thing in common. They believed that something unseen lie at the edges of the earth. Something worth seeing.
For reasons not entirely clear, this spirit of seeking the unknown died abruptly in people. Perhaps everything had already been discovered. Maybe there couldn’t possibly be anything better then what was just outside your front door. The peace of staying home and doing the responsible thing won out over wanderlust. The old adage “the grass is always greener on the other side” successfully disproved.
We come for a place where the first question upon informing of international travel is something along the lines of “what about crime?” “Is it safe there?” There are three places on Earth: Socialism, Canada, and the third world. It’s quite obvious by now of where I speak: The United States of America. We’ve been taught (read: brainwashed?) to believe that this is the greatest place on Earth. Please don’t misunderstand. The U.S. is beautiful, and we have been afforded many privileges by being born here. There are some great things, some great people, and always the hope that things are changing for the better. But somewhere along the way the people have diverged. We’ve lost our way.
The current life progression
The country that was born out of Manifest Destiny respects a new lifestyle. Go to college. Check. Get a white-collar desk job. Check. Get married. Check. Have kids. Grow old. Die. We aren’t saying that there is anything wrong with that. If you think that the highest purpose in life is to reproduce, then by all means. But please make sure that you have something worth sharing with your children. And please, please don’t leave room for regret.
Our life progression that involves adventure
We seek an alternative path. That middle part, somewhere between the “get married” and the “have kids”, there’s a lot of life to be lived. Yes we have student loans. No we do not quite have any semblance of a career. But that doesn’t matter. The loans will get paid. There will be plenty of time for desk jobs if all else fails. What we will never get back is time.
The best gift we can bestow upon our children is tales of our meaningful existence. I have learned more in one night in the desert than any class could teach me. Leeann has seen need like none other in the townships of South Africa, and better yet made a real impact of change. Nothing compares to seeing a lion in its natural habitat. No class can teach you how to talk to people living an entirely different life from your own. Never can you buy the feeling that experiences can give you.
The Passport Pair
Please join us on our adventure. I myself have never seen the allure of working for someone other than myself for a company that produces consumables. I’ve now found an amazing person to share my life with that understands my insatiable wanderlust. Or at least she tries to and supports me as best she can.
We ask that you join us on this quest for a meaningful existence, see our love through a lens, as we explore everything that this world has to offer. From the desolate deserts of Namibia to the snow capped peaks of the Andes, we will stop at nothing to soak in every experience, to find our purpose, and to make a real difference.