Overland Inspiration: Taking the Leap of Faith

Society tells us to be cautious with our lives and live by a set of rules laid out for generations. Work hard in primary school to make it to college, work hard in college to get a good career, work hard in your career to make it to retirement, and once you’re grey, then you can enjoy life. If we are honest with ourselves, many of us don’t fit this mold. We dream of a life on the road, finding new friends and experiences wherever we stop along the way, but the lack of stability is a scary thought. Instead we wait; for that next bonus, that reason to quit, or a life altering event to give us an excuse.


For James Barkman, an aspiring 22 year old photographer, this model of thinking didn’t work. He realized that often times the perfect conditions will never arise, that’s why it’s called a leap of faith. If you don’t make the jump, you’ll never know what awaited you. Of course things don’t always go as planned, but it will certainly be an adventure along the way. Check out the full video below for a little more inspiration from the Praemio channel.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.

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