• 365Whitetail

    Great post, Mark! Thanks for sharing. (I need a Sole Adventure branded shirt with the words, “Do hard things. Do good things. Defeat Something Awful.”)

    • SoleAdventure

      That could be a cool shirt!

  • Matt Mitchell

    This was a great upper for a midweek workday… Thanks Mark!

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks for reading, Matt. May the weekend come soon!

  • Kurtis Baus

    “continual comfort isn’t satisfying, it’s numbing.”

    Probably one of the best things I have read in a while.

    • SoleAdventure

      You should read more. ;-) In all seriousness though, thank you.

  • Jake Huff

    Great article and great timing. The most difficult thing is accepting that you’re too comfortable and then changing it.

    • SoleAdventure

      Amen! It’s one thing to realize that you NEED to change, and it’s another to make it happen. Making the leap might be hard, but it always pays off.

  • Greg Baker

    This is inspiring truth in a culture that is intentionally trying to feminize males and sing a siren song of passivity, laziness, and mediocrity. Thanks brother!

    • SoleAdventure

      I appreciate it, Greg. I agree with your sentiments, but also see signs of hope for manhood going forward. There’s much we need to do, and it starts with you…and me…

  • Aznealz

    Boy, this is a real pew squirmer. Something I apparently needed to read and hear… and act on. Thanks.

    • SoleAdventure

      Didn’t mean to make you sweat, Neal. Well, okay, maybe a little.

  • Steve

    Great post Mark! I can’t agree more with your comment, “continual comfort isn’t satisfying, it’s numbing.” For me, it’s a hard run, a hunt, or simply taking a moment to soak up the beauty of existence to jolt the numbness and bring clarity to the now. It’s in the those moments, I truly feel alive and ready to do battle with Something Awful.

    • SoleAdventure

      Exactly, Steve! Well put.

  • Hogarth

    I know the feeling! Age, heat and mosquitoes dogged my every step from 4500 to 7000 ft peak on my all day hike in full hunting regalia and pack. Got down and plunged into a lazy river. Next day, hitting the forest trails near my house. At age 57, it is a great feeling to commit to hunting and reinvent myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • SoleAdventure

      Nice work! I hope to be doing the same type of adventures when I reach 57. There some truth to what George Bernard Shaw said… “Youth is wasted on the young.”

  • Really solid article. Thanks for producing such amazing content.

    • SoleAdventure

      Thanks, Nate!

  • Good article. As a wife, I’m always happy to see things that build up men and husbands and fathers, rather than tearing them down like most tv shows do. Thanks for encouraging men to be men.

  • SoleAdventure

    I don’t mind at all…thank you for sharing!

    • mark

      I really think this is a wonderful article bc it speaks to so many aspects of the arduous journey we undertake pursuing a passion. Thanks for writing such an enjoyable piece.