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Case ([personal profile] case) wrote in [community profile] fandomsecrets2017-03-15 06:40 pm

[ SECRET POST #3724 ]


⌈ Secret Post #3724 ⌋

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
I think YOU'RE missing the point. If you want adventure to find you, you have to do things that encourage it.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Eh idk, not many stories start with the protagonist going out of their way to do things to invite adventure, either. Isn't the trope usually like a normal person's life is turned upside down, not a normal person does things they'd never do while peeking over their shoulder to see if adventure has arrived? OP sounds like they want to be part of an event.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I'm like so sorry the average person can't be Frodo Baggins or Luke Skywalker.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:04 pm (UTC)(link)
... it's almost as if stories aren't really how real life works and we can't just sit at home smoking pipeweed and hoping Gandalf will show up needing an expert burglar, huh?

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:43 pm (UTC)(link)
TONS of stories start with the protagonist going out of their way. Get into police procedurals, the coolest adventures are the ones that happen because a superior told you to stop poking around and you went and did it anyway.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't think that's a good way to think

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Why? If I sit on my couch all day, adventure will never find me. If I get out in the community and involve myself in the world around me, the chances of something exciting increase.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
it varies, honestly. yeah, doing something completely dumb and irresponsible for the sake of ~*adventure*~ is... not good. actions have consequences, for (general) you and others, and that's kind of something everyone ought to keep in mind when they make decisions.

on the other hand, sometimes you gotta risk it to get the biscuit. if i don't talk to strangers, how am i ever supposed to meet new, interesting people? if i never give anything new a go, how can i discover new things i'm good at? not trying might mean not failing, but you also can't win if you forfeit every match.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
First, I feel you.

Second - and it's not explicitly related to your secret maybe - but Grand Adventure Happens To Someone Who Thinks They're Too Old For Grand Adventure is definitely the single greatest subgenre of Grand Adventure stories.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Your viewpoint is really too black and white to be real, OP. I promise you that you can plan your own adventure and still have unsafe, unpredictable elements to it, because no plan is 100% foolproof. Even something as cliché as backpacking across Europe can turn pear-shaped or turn out unexpectedly amazingly because that's what real life is like.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Exactly this. Point being, so have to experience life - not just be an observer of it if you want anything like OP describees.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
I've been on 15 vacations all alone. None ever went pear-shaped. The closest was when I got lost in a foreign city in middle of the night. A guy helped me find my way home. In someone else's life you can imagine the various exciting ways that might have ended. In my life, I thanked him and we parted ways.

Some people are adventure magnets. Some people aren't.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Most people would find being lost in a foreign city in the middle of the night a little bit pear shaped. That it ended well and unexcitingly for you doesn't mean it didn't have the potential to end differently.

Yeah, the "adventure magnet" thing only makes sense if you believe in predestination and I don't.

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[personal profile] ketita 2017-03-15 11:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I had some adventures happen to me, but in some cases, it was because I was being pretty fucking stupid at the time. Looking back, I'm really lucky that things didn't go bad, because they could have.

And btw, some of it is about identifying moments that can be TOLD AS adventures, even if at the time it didn't feel so crazy. Half of adventure is knowing how to tell it later...

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
Ha, I feel this way too. I've gone on a few long distance solo hikes and backpacking trips, and a few with friends. Nothing ever went wrong other than minor details. I always felt a little let down when I got from Point A to Point B with no Big Adventure in the middle. Movies and books and tv has lied to me!

I think I'm just very much the 'not an adventure magnet' type, which is sad but eh. I still have fun when I'm out there.
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[personal profile] kallanda_lee 2017-03-16 12:31 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, so i went to India and there was a terrorist attack...how about that for excitement? Then again, there was one at my previous job, too.

But for real, if you travel (especially ion your own) it is an adventure, especially if you go off the beaten path?
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[personal profile] randomdrops 2017-03-15 11:10 pm (UTC)(link)
I feel like there's a middle ground here you're missing. Putting yourself out there or planning your own adventure does not equate with "wander off into the wilds unplanned and unprepared."

No, you won't have one like in the stories where someone comes and whisks you away. But at least you're going out there and doing something rather than sitting at home and staring moodily out the window or whatever.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah. I'm kind of puzzled about OP's belief that there's no middle ground between moping at home vs. going full Into the Wild. But maybe it's easier for OP to think that way because then they don't have to put any effort into changing their own life.

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[personal profile] sarillia 2017-03-15 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
It seems to me it's the being whisked away part that they want most.

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(Anonymous) 2017-03-15 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
yeah, i kind of get you. sure, you can (and should!!!) make your own life as interesting as possible, but an adventure you're in charge of is always going to be different from an adventure that just kind of happens to you. especially since most grand, life-changing real life adventures (like moving to a foreign country) involve adventuring through a bureaucratic hellscape first in most cases, and straying from the beaten path tends to be legally inadvisable.

so while i can only recommend you do as much self-planned adventuring as you can (even if you think it won't be as magical or w/e, you can't know until you've done it properly, maybe even a few times), i do get that wistfulness.
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[personal profile] kallanda_lee 2017-03-16 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
Here's the thing: t all depends on if you're okay wth just dreaming, or if you want an actual adventure.

*And if you do want one, then people are right, you kind of have to facilitate it.

Even if you want people to whisk you away on adventures, you have to meet them first. I mean, I have BEEN that person for people, and I've sort of been whisked away by my bff. But like, you have to be open to meeting those people, too, and sort of advertise you're the kind of person who wants that.

The people I'd ask to go on an adventure are generally the ones who have shown adventurous spirit...not those who sit at home (I can't know, I'm not psychic).

so yeah, this might not want to be what you want to hear, but those people have a point.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 03:19 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, the judgmental jerks are out in force tonight anon. Personally, I agree with your secret completely and I definitely know how you feel. Furthermore, I think it's a very, very common way to feel. Hell, that's a big part of why people love adventure stories so much in the first place.

Very few of the most loved adventure stories out there begin with a character trying to have an adventure. Many of them begin with a character trying to live a small life and be as unobtrusive as possible. We love plots where a character is swept up in something bigger than them. Especially if it's something meaningful.

Truth be told, I would probably HATE being swept up in a capital-A Adventure. Because most such adventures are dangerous and harrowing and you're more likely to die than survive them. But a part of me still yearns for just such an adventure. That just seems very normal to me. I would feel it was weird if no part of me wanted Adventure at all.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 05:13 am (UTC)(link)
Not OP, but people commenting on this that you can make your own adventure happen if you just want, tell me what the hell do I need to do. I go out of my way to get out of my comfort zone, leave the house including going on foreign travels by myself, including off the beaten path places and sometimes doing potentially life-threatening shit because that's how desperate I am. Unplanned things and mishaps happen to me all the time, but never anything I'd call an adventure worth retelling anyone. There's no continuity to the mishaps, and they never lead anywhere bigger.

A real adventure is not just something you can make happen however hard you try, you need an element on chance. It's like telling someone who would really like to read a specific kind of story to just write it themselves, like they're going to be surprised by their own carefully crafted plot twists.

(Anonymous) 2017-03-16 09:57 pm (UTC)(link)
For one: don't be so fucking stuck on "I NEED TO BE SWEPT AWAY LIKE A LEAF IN A HURRICANE" or something. Like. Why does it have to be something huge? To me an adventure is just having fun with my friends because we got fucking lost. Why does it have to be some huge, world-saving trip? I think that's where you're stuck. It has to be Something Big like busting the Russian mob or something.

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