|Welcome! If you’re not familiar with who I am, or my work, I’ve been a writer, author, editor, pilot, and adventurer for the past 25 years. I also do a fair amount of public speaking, based on my adventures and the life lessons I’ve learned from them.
What is adventure?
Adventure is something I talk about a lot. But when I talk and write about adventure, I don’t necessarily mean physical experiences like flying, mountain climbing or explorations to polar ice caps.
I’ve been a pilot for almost 30 years, and I’ve had many physical adventures—from wreck diving in the South Pacific and climbing mountains to flying relief supplies into conflict zones in Africa and traveling to the edges of space. But adventure is much bigger than all that. It’s what happens any time you step out of what’s known and comfortable into new and uncharted territory, where nothing is known, but anything is possible.
Adventure is starting a new business, adjusting to unexpected life changes, or surviving uncertainty in a challenging circumstances and times. Adventure is what I do whenever I try to explore a complex topic from a new and different angle, or explore life through someone else’s eyes. In short, adventure is embracing change, learning, and new ways of looking at or experiencing the world.
So choosing an adventurous path in life means cultivating the heart and soul of an explorer on a lifelong quest for meaning, learning, and joy. Even if that means finding your own way, creating an unusual career or life track, or learning to rely on yourself for your security.
Twenty-five years ago, I quit my nice, safe, corporate marketing job that paid well but didn’t make me happy, and set out in search of a more meaningful career and life as a writer, pilot, and explorer of people and places around the world. Since then, I may not have known exactly what my income was going to be, but I’ve had the privilege of a rich, happy, and rewarding journey that I wouldn’t trade for the world.
On occasion, I’ve ended up with more adventure than I bargained for, and I know—all too well—what fear feels like. But I’ve learned how to battle it and come out stronger on the other side. I also know what it is to feel 100% alive.
But the adventures that excite me most are the ones still to come. The world is an infinitely fascinating and changing place, the humans who populate it are endlessly complex, and one lifetime is far too short to even begin to learn and experience all there is to know. I continue, however, to give it my best effort!
You can find my work in a number of places:
In 1999, I began writing a monthly column in Flying magazine called Flying Lessons. The name came from my realization, over many hours spent in small airplanes since I became a pilot in 1986, that there were many parallel lessons between flying and life.
Sometimes, the column explored a particular flying adventure–ranging in location from Africa, the Amazon, the Alps and Australia to the skies of California, Texas, and North Carolina, among others. But usually, there’s a bigger point or lesson in the column somewhere … something I learned through the course of flying or some adventure that’s universally applicable to life. Intimacy. Trust. Keeping perspective. Overcoming fear. Finding hope and light after a dark stretch. Remembering the value of a friend who makes you laugh. Remembering to laugh at yourself, and stand by what you believe.
The column ran for 16 years. Some of my favorite columns are available here, under the “More Writing” tab. Archives can be found online by searching for “Lane Wallace Flying Lessons,” or by searching the archives of Flying magazine and EAA’s Sport Aviation, where the column was published.
I worked as a correspondent and freelance writer for The Atlantic for five years, from 2009 to 2014. I wrote about a variety of subjects, and many of my online pieces looked at events, issues, and questions through the lens of a curious explorer (as opposed to a dedicated partisan). What do we require in order to forgive the unforgivable? Is commercializing adventure a good thing? Why does Tiger Woods owe the public an apology for his private actions? Why do people cling to opinions even in the face of incontrovertible evidence to the contrary? How do we survive uncertain times and circumstances? You get the idea. The archive of all those essays and articles is available online.
No Map. No Guide. No Limits.
I have a blog called No Map. No Guide. No Limits. The blog, which also includes work from some like-minded and talented colleagues, reflects my core life philosophy. It takes some courage to chart your own course in life. But the trade-off for setting off across an uncharted landscape is that while you may have no map or guide to help you, you also have no limits to where you can go, and what you can achieve.
The blog also has a cool “Resources” section with some good links, articles, books and organizations for anyone contemplating taking the uncharted road in their life. Worth checking out!
There’s a separate page on this site that goes into my book writing in more detail. I currently have a collection of some of my best flying adventure stories in print. It’s called Unforgettable, and it’s available through Sporty’s Pilot Shop.
I also wrote a guide for anyone facing an uncertain time or transition, or beginning a new chapter in their life, called: Surviving Uncertainty: Taking a Hero’s Journey. It’s also available through the “Books by Lane” page on this site, or direct from Amazon.
My current in-the-works project is a book aimed at helping women, and particularly young women, learn how to find their voice and bring it into the world in a meaningful and powerful way. And there are more books on adventure and passion to come!
I encourage you to explore both this site and my blog—and please contact me with any thoughts, questions, or feedback.
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