Let’s Celebrate Different
We are excited about this…. we hear through the grapevine, and from the ladies who subscribe to our magazine; that there is secretly a few of you guys who read our mag too. So, we would like to introduce you to our fellow adventurer, lover of life and Travel Play Live’s first ever male contributor, Sputnik. Or Sput, as we like to call him is: an author, speaker, photographer, adventure guide and trail runner. By his own admission, he is not a particularly good trail runner, but makes up for his lack of talent with an abundance of enthusiasm, which has seen him complete some pretty cool races around the world. And as someone who is scared of snakes, spiders, bears, coyotes, the dark and a bunch of other assorted creepy crawlies, he is also possibly not the greatest adventurer of all time; but he hasn’t let that stop him having some pretty great adventures anyway. So take it away Sput.
Well, first of all I’d like to say how awesome it is to be the ‘token bloke’; allowed onto the hallowed turf of this amazing adventure magazine. You’ll notice I didn’t say women’s adventure magazine, but only because I’m being politically correct. But then, political correctness has never been my strong point, so bugger it, let’s call this what it is: A women’s adventure magazine. For women. That doesn’t mean blokes can’t read it. Or write for it, apparently. But it’s certainly different to most other adventure magazines, and that’s fine. And let’s not pretend it's not because ‘different’ is awesome.
It seems to me these days that too many people are getting the concepts of ‘different’ and ‘equal’ a bit mixed up. And with some really sad, and dangerous outcomes. I say it’s time we embraced different. It’s time we celebrated it and not try to pretend different doesn’t exist; men and women are different. There, I said it. But then, it’s not really a newsflash, is it? You may not be allowed to say it anymore, but that doesn’t make it any less true. I could list off all the ways we’re different, but I’m pretty sure you’re all over it already.
It doesn’t end there, either. Because you know what? We’re all different. To varying degrees, women are different to men. And women can be different to each other. Some, like you, love adventure; some not so much and some not at all. And that’s just the way it is. Not less than. Not more than. Just different.
For example, I saw the fuss when Nike aired an ad that featured a transgender athlete. There were some people outraged that they, Nike, even mentioned Chris Mosier was transgender. As if that was somehow insulting. Why did they mention it? Well, because it’s different. It’s exciting. It’s amazing. In fact, it was the entire point of the ad. And I’m fairly certain they didn’t film the ad without Chris’ knowledge. So I’m pretty sure Chris understands and is cool with it too. It is the different that makes it awesome. Something to celebrate.
I think it’s fantastic that we’re focussed on being equal, but please I implore you, let’s not ever pretend we’re not all different, for a myriad of reasons, gender included. And that’s one of the things that makes the world such an amazing place. What fun would it be going on adventures and exploring new places if they were all the same? Exactly! Different is beautiful. Different is exciting. Different is perfect. Celebrate different.