“MEANING IS NOT SOMETHING YOU STUMBLE ACROSS, LIKE THE ANSWER TO A RIDDLE OR THE PRIZE IN A TREASURE HUNT. MEANING IS SOMETHING YOU BUILD INTO YOUR LIFE. YOU BUILD IT OUT OF YOUR OWN PAST, OUT OF YOUR AFFECTIONS AND LOYALTIES, OUT OF THE EXPERIENCE OF HUMANKIND AS IT IS PASSED ON TO YOU, OUT OF YOUR OWN TALENT AND UNDERSTANDING, OUT OF THE THINGS YOU BELIEVE IN, OUT OF THE THINGS AND PEOPLE YOU LOVE, OUT OF THE VALUES FOR WHICH YOU ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE SOMETHING. THE INGREDIENTS ARE THERE. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN PUT THEM TOGETHER INTO THAT UNIQUE PATTERN THAT WILL BE YOUR LIFE. LET IT BE A LIFE THAT HAS DIGNITY AND MEANING FOR YOU. IF IT DOES, THEN THE PARTICULAR BALANCE OF SUCCESS OR FAILURE IS OF LESS ACCOUNT.”
John W. Gardner, “Personal Renewal“
Hi, I’m Tyler, and I want you to live a good life.
For the last six years, I have been leading trips for children of all ages – in the outdoors, on service projects, and international trips. During these programs we learn life skills like communication, teamwork, and leadership, as well as hard skills such as paddling, navigation and fire building. We challenge each other, we face fears, we get uncomfortable, we learn, we laugh, and we grow.
I want to find way to fill my life with more of these experiences, and help others do the same.
Experiences where we can:
- Explore our curiosities and discover our passions.
- Learn new skills and knowledge.
- Challenge ourselves physically, emotionally, and intellectually.
- Clarify and practice our values.
- Be playful.
- Connect with others.
- Express ourselves creatively.
- Do good for others.
- Reflect on the kind of people we want to be.
In short, the things that I believe contribute to a life well-lived.
I hope to start creating my own programs. I want to bring experiences like this to a broader audience, and not just in education, but our leisure time as well. Though I want to continue in the work I’ve been doing, I also want to search further afield for new and unique ways to create and facilitate these experiences. I want to draw from many disciplines in making powerful moments.
To name just a few:
- The Maker Movement
- Playwork and Adventure Playgrounds
- Leisure Education
- Game Design
- Outdoor Education
- Positive Psycholog
Regardless of how I do it, I want one common thread in what I do: Creating and facilitating meaningful life experiences – The things that make people feel alive.
If you would like to know more about this project, contact me.