By Devin Littlefield
It doesn’t take long after moving to Alaska before you realize how much your life can (will) change. From the beautiful sights of endlessly high mountains to moose roaming through the streets, you are surrounded by pure bliss.
Adventurers tend to think of Alaska as the grand token, the giant red ruby, or the biggest prize of all adventures. While that may be daunting for some, most people that have gone after it have gotten more than their weight in gold.
Alaska is more than just a magical place though; it’s your magical place.
In Anchorage, the most inhabited city in the state where over 70% of the population lives, there is a little something for everyone. With all the same conveniences of a modern small city and easy access to the playground (mountains, ocean, you pick) there is no shortage of fun times to be had.
The beautiful thing is that you can surround yourself with all of the people in the city, or you can surround yourself with nothing but nature.
During my time there, I chose to surround myself with the latter. That had the most profound impact on me. Particularly, spending 22 days backpacking through some of the most remote terrain on earth induced the most transformation.
There were two key themes throughout my time there that made my experience so transformational: openness and acceptance.
Not just be outdoors, but in any situation there are always opportunities. Simply looking around and asking the right people can open new doors.
Not even knowing what you want but just exploring can have some serious affects.
The problem might not be finding the right door to take; it’s being able to take the leap into the door.
It may seem more worrisome for some to take the opportunity because of what other people might think, how it might affect you etc…
It all ties back to fear. Not fearing the unknown and taking chances. Fear is the only thing holding you back from getting what you truly want.
You are your own worst boundary.
My advice: Embrace fear and then push it aside. If you know what you want, don’t let anyone or anything slow you down in the process.
You never know what may happen by taking advantage of opportunities. They may change your life completely or they may not. You’ll never know until you take the leap.
The other aspect of transformation is acceptance. Being able to come to terms with what you’ve experienced and deciding if that is the direction you want to go.
Alaska in particular has a way of throwing things in your direction that are hard to control. It’s almost mystical how it occurs.
But once you have the opportunity, it’s up to you to accept it or not and keep moving forward.
This path can lead to your own enlightenment and drastically change your life.
While Alaska may not be the only place that will change your life, it can certainly provide opportunities that no other place has: majesty.
Being away from the noise, distractions lights and sounds will help you clearly think deeply into your own thoughts. And in Alaska, there is an abundance of those places to runaway to.
As John Burroughs once said, “I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.”
It was these two things that I learned and used while I was in Alaska. Both of these things changed my life completely.
I hope that openness and acceptance might be able to help change yours’ too.
What experiences have changed your life? Was openness and acceptance part of your transformation? Leave a comment below and let us know!
ABOUT DEVIN LITTLEFIELD
As an avid adventurer, Devin spends much of his days planning and executing all sorts of outdoor activities. His experiences have brought him backpacking in his home state of Maine to ice climbing where he went to college in Alaska to cycling around his newest location in Vermont. It has been through these experiences that he has been able to transform his life on a never-ending path of adventure. You can find out more about him here: