I sat in my first morning briefing regretting my choice of attire, my turquoise and pink hoodie and lime green stripy shorts suddenly put me a little out of place. The boss was sitting opposite in his combats, giant belt and shiny shoes. Luckily we talked about stuff I new, wind direction, choice of location, craft. Normal outdoorsy stuff.
I met my boys for the week, kitted them up, and jumped in the Landie to head to the beach.
So Why Is Adventure Training Important?
Comfort Zones: I can only imagine that war isn't as easy as normal life. So having the chance to push limits and try new things can help the boys get used to performing outside their comfort zone. Think about your comfort zones and how often you step out of them? If we all took one step outside our little bubbles of comfort each day, then think how confident and go getting we could become. Handling new situations can become easier the more often we're exposed to them. Trying something new certainly pushes those buttons and it can also be fun!
Skill Acquisition: Learning new skills is always a challenge. I can't remember learning how to read or write, but I'm sure it took practice and patients. I certainly remember learning how to ski and boy did that require perseverance and determination. If life was easy we would get board. Mastering a new skill keeps us on our toes, keeps or minds alert and of course, the opportunity to wallow in that wonderful sense of achievement once we get it right.
New Environments: Adapting to new environments can be nerve racking. I felt nervous sitting in an office surrounded by soldiers, but by the end of my stay, I really enjoyed working with the guys. Flying, climbing, kayaking and diving are just a few examples of being exposed to an environment you don't normally live in. They can be strange sensations, feelings of fear and anxiety are normal. Learning to deal with this is all about exposure, and with more exposure comes more confidents, and the ability to function well in difficult environments. I know that whilst I'm climbing, I still struggle with fear, it can even make me freeze. Thats the challenge tho, and I relish that battle I have with myself.
FUN: Challenge is enjoyable, learning is rewarding, and doing new and exciting things is quite simply fun! We are creatures which have developed leisure time in our lives. We have hobbies because it makes us feel good, we do sport because we enjoy it, or play computer games because it offers us mental challenge.
AT is a combination of rewarding and for-filling experiences. It builds confidence and moral. It required determination and team work. I can see why our men on the frontline value Adventure Training the same way as I do.
Outdoor Girl and Adventurer. Enjoy stories from her coaching, talking and exploring.