Turning Twenty

Well, that’s it, I’ll never be a teenager again…..now that is a scary thought

I can remember when I turned 13, how excited I was, and now that stage is all over

I’ve lived 20 years now, that’s almost a quarter of my estimated life and I’ve spent most of it in school. Even now, I’m in my university library with a ton of books on Wales and the Norman Conquest sitting next to me, when all I really want to do is go walking, travelling, exploring…

I’m having a young adult crisis

For years I never really thought all that much about travel or walking, I much preferred sitting in my room, watching TV, playing games or reading. One day though, I brought a game called Skyrim, it was a fantasy style sandbox game where you could go off and explore this vast virtual world and vast it was. Everyday after school I’d turn on my Xbox and would play Skyrim, exploring every inch of this amazing world and have many adventures, even long after I’d completed its main story line. I got a satisfaction out of discovering new places and completing quests, no matter how small, I must of clocked in thousands of hours playing this game. I’d go so far as climb every individual mountain in the game, glitching my way up the side of them, to reach a peak only to immediately move on to another, every single peak offered a slightly different view of this beautiful world.

But slowly I started to run out of things to do, I began to tire of the sights and eventually I stopped playing Skyrim. But Skyrim gave me a different view of life, I realized that the beauty of Skyrim was also out there in the real world and the real world was a whole lot bigger. From then on, whenever I went on holiday I no longer wanted to stay shut in at the hotel, I want to get out and explore the world.

This has also been one of the advantages of this blog, its given me a new insight on my own life and what I want to do with it. Just this week I passed 3000 views and 100 followers and I have a ton of fun looking at the adventures that other people have been on and the places they’ve visited. But it all feeds my wanderlust. I cannot help but think of a quote from one of my favorite characters, Oberyn Martell from Game of Thrones

‘Tis a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.’

Although most of us aren’t Princes of Dorne, I still intend to use these next 3 or 40 or 100 years to see as much of this world as I possibly can.

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Me in Cornwall, I guess I always was a bit of a poser
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Skiing in Colorado
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Me on top of Tryfan, my first mountain
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My first attempts at being a photographer
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Skiing in Morzine, France
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Climbing Snowdon
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In Singapore Zoo, I’m not smiling because I really didn’t want to be anywhere near that Komodo dragon and this flimsy wooden fence
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Sunning it out in Sydney
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On Striding Edge in the Lake District
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New York, at the top of the Empire State Building
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At the Alamo, San Antonio
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Capri, Italy
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Climbing Scafell Pike
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Sunset over Iceland
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Climbing Sharp Edge, Lake District
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A top the Castle of the Moors in Portugal, Sintra
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Climbing Mount Brandon in Ireland
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Getting wet under the Steall Falls, Scotland
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And here am I today…not much has changed really

Looking back at these photos, perhaps my life isn’t as hemmed in as I thought…

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But there’s always more to see

Thus concludes my tale, if you enjoyed this story feel free to write in the comments, or leave a like and thanks for reading.

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14 Comments

  1. Nice post. However, don’t worry about turning 20, I can guarantee you when you next think about it, you will have hit 40 and will ask yourself “Where the hell did that go?” However, I promise you won’t really care as you will still look at life the same way as you do now. Old folks are really just young adults in an old wrinkly skin who has simply covered a few more miles……

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  2. Wow, you have been loads of places in your 20 years. I’d only been abroad once by the time I was 20. Anyway – happy birthday! Enjoy your youth. As someone whose next big birthday begins with 6, I can tell you milestones get much scarier as the decades roll on. (Though I’m sitting beside my 89 year old Mum right now, so I hope she’s passed me her long-life gene.)

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  3. 20? I didn’t even start with the walking and mountains until I was 35! I’m 40 next year and I’m not even worrying about that. You’ve got at least another 40 years of walking and climbing yet, and about another 15 years before you start taking more interest in the anti ageing creams 🙂

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  4. I had the same feeling when I turned 20 and had a bit of a melt down or quarter life crisis if you will. However, I’m about to turn 29 and I think getting older gets easier. Plus you’ve done more travelling in your 20 years than I have in nearly 30 by the looks of it so nothing to fear on that front! P.s. skyrim is an awesome game 🙂

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  5. Make every day count, because life goes by fast. The world is an infinitely amazing place–mysterious, beautiful, astonishing. To explore it with your eyes and mind is a privilege. It’s a shame many are so busy staring at smartphones and small, escapist games and never lift their eyes and spirits to meet the vast world around them. When you travel, speak to everyone you can! See everything, do everything, learn everything, inhale every molecule! And maintain a journal (or blog)!

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  6. Happy birthday from Australia! In some ways life just gets better when you are older. Some things don’t matter as much and other things become more important. I am happier in my 40s than I was in my 20s in some respects. 😉

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  7. Love the quote. You do seem to be well travelled but now the exciting part of life begins as you choose where to go, what paths to take, not just where your parents want to take you. Enjoy your twenties, they are often the best decade of life before you acquire responsibilities of kids and mortgage. A “crisis” is a good thing, it means you are reviewing where you are at, what you want to do in the future. Don’t worry, by happy!

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  8. Congratulations on doing so much with your first twenty years. May the next two decades be filled with as much, if not more, adventure. Thanks for posting the lovely photographs of so many wonderful places around the world. I’ve been to Sintra and loved it and I live only a few hours drive from Mount Brandon in Kerry – I’ve yet to climb it though.

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  9. Life is what you make it to be – some like it hemmed in because they’re afraid. Obviously you’re in another category:) Happy B’elated … and many more hiking trips, and other things to conquer! Thanks for coming by:)

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