Have you ever watched a film and felt a drive to do something more with your life? Something unexpected and completely out of the ordinary that would forever change your life and your outlook on the world? I think tons of people feel that way after watching epic movies in which the characters go on some kind of journey or adventure that tests them and reveals who they are at their very core.

So why not make that kind of experience a reality in your own life? Why not pick up and take an epic journey somewhere and just see what happens? I felt the same pull and drive to do just that, and somewhere inside me I found the courage to make it happen. These are some suggestions I would make to anyone wanting to take their own adventure.

Move to Another Country

Granted, I know with work visas can make this difficult, but there are more options out there than you think. And if money is an obstacle, as long as you can get a holiday work permit somewhere, you would be surprised at how little you actually need to get started. Do the research, but don’t let the numbers discourage you.

I moved to New Zealand for a year on a work holiday permit through Bunac, and it was definitely the most adventurous year of my life. New Zealand is sometimes called the adventure capital of the world, and anyone who has ever been there would probably agree that’s true. I moved there by myself and backpacked across the country while having the time of my life and learning so much about myself.

I got to go surfing, snowboarding, horse backing riding (through the Lothlorien woods, for any Lord of the Rings fans), bungy jumping, and so much more. But it was the experience of being on a bus with people from all over the world that meant more to me than anything. There’s something really magical about sitting in a pub with the most random selection of people and exchanging stories about what little worlds we all come from.

True, maybe I wasn’t saving the world like most of our epic heroes, but it was my own personal journey that will always have an influence on the person I am today.

Become the Hero of the Story

Maybe traveling to another country is too extreme for some people, so I would encourage you to find another way to live your adventure. What would stretch you as a human being and push you to grow?

When writing characters for films, the only way to reveal who they truly are is through the choices that they make. So what are the choices you make in your every day life? Epic adventures may present themselves to you more than you think, but they will never be fulfilled without the hero of the story making the choice to move forward.

So I would definitely encourage anyone to continue watching and enjoying epic films, but I think it’s a waste of a story if it doesn’t compel you to start living your own adventure and learn to be the hero of your own story.

What are some epic adventures you’ve experienced? If you could experience any film as your own reality, which would it be?


Rachel M Taylor

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Rachel is a writer/director. She loves character driven movies and really good cheese.

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