The Millionaire Adventurer {My Calling in Life}

Remember Steve Fossett, the Millionaire Adventurer who died in a plane wreck in September of 2007?

It’s okay if you don’t; my own head was kind of exploding when it was being reported, so I didn’t hear anything about it until a year later, when they finally found his remains.  I never met the late Mr. Fossett, on account of I don’t really run around with very many independently wealthy people, but his legacy will forever live on in my heart.  He changed the way I think about life.

The man was a Millionaire Adventurer. That was his title—a Millionaire Adventurer.  Not a CEO, not a Real Estate Executive, not Doctor or Lawyer or Therapist Fossett; a Millionaire Adventurer.  Can you imagine “Hi, what do you do?  Oh, you’re an attorney?  Fascinating.  My name’s Camille; I’m a Millionaire Adventurer.” Yeah.  That would be amazing.

Actually, though, it’s not so out-of-reach as I would have you believe.  Truth be told, I’m halfway there:  I’m already an adventurer…

…now I just need the millions.  I’m almost positive it’s my calling in life to be a Millionaire Adventurer (though I’ll be smart about it and try not to die in a plane crash right when I’m at my peak).

Now that I think of it, however, I could probably go one step further.  According to this article at, some guy named Sir Richard Branson (a good buddy of Steve Fossett), is a British Billionaire who helped fund many of Fossett’s record-breaking Millionaire Adventures.  If I had to choose between being a Millionaire Adventurer or a British Billionaire…I wouldn’t. Instead, I would combine the two and become a British Billionaire Adventurer.  That, my friends, is my true calling in life.  I’m pretty sure of it.

The only problem I foresee with being a British Billionaire Adventurer is that I would be too embarrassed to ever tell people what my profession was.  I mean, it’s bad enough when people ask me what I do and I tell them I’m getting a degree in English.  “Oh, you’re going to be a teacher?” they ask.  Nope, a writer.  It’s always sort of awkward when I announce I want to write professionally; it’s kind of like art students telling people they’re going to be paid artists someday: “Oh, well, isn’t that…nice?” I’m sure every English major in the world assumes she is going to live by her pen alone, and the chances of it actually happening are quite slim.  There’s just…a lot of competition.

So if I’m embarrassed just to tell people I want to be a writer—a paid, professional writer—when I grow up, think how much more uncomfortable it will be when I start saying I’m going to be a British Billionaire Adventurer.  You have to admit, it is pretty far-fetched…

…I’d better just stick with Millionaire Adventurer; it’s much more conceivable.

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18 Responses to The Millionaire Adventurer {My Calling in Life}

  1. Lindsay says:

    i think i should like to join you in this quest for greatness. it would suit me.

    and i’ve never seen that picture of you and chels pre-sky diving before! way cute! you both look so…adventuristic!

  2. anna says:

    I’d be a horrible Millionaire Adventurer. I am not one for adventure. Bean counters don’t normally live on the wild side of life.

    A British Billionaire, however, is something I could manage.

    Except I can’t speak with a British accent.

  3. jeff says:

    I find some British showy with some of what some might consider wealth. But then i’m half english.
    I’ll be the Scottish ne’er do well. Under the radar.

  4. Katie says:

    I feel the exact same way about telling people I’m a writer. My day job has nothing to do with writing. In fact, no job that I have ever had has anything to do with writing. But it is my passion and I’ve recently decided that my passion SHOULD be my day job and so I’m in the process of trying to make it my day job. But I still have this mental block about saying to people, “I’m a writer.” I feel like I might as well be saying, “I’m a mad scientist” or “I’m a millionaire adventurer.”

    We need to get our heads on straight and start calling things what they are. We’re writers, dang it!

  5. Geneva says:

    When you have your billions, I hope you’ll give me a call if you every need a Poor Adventuring Sidekick.

  6. Holly Decker says:

    never knew any of this. now i have learned something for the day… hooray.

    i couldnt be a millionaire adventurer. i have this weird guilt thing attatched to money… like the more i have the more i feel i should be giving to needy people. i would rather just have sufficient for my means. its a very strange attribute that bothers my husband greatly. in fact, just the other day we were discussing what we would ask for if we met a real geenie and i told him i would only ask for a million dollars… no more no less. this really irritated him. WHY STOP THERE? i just couldnt handle any more than that. it would be just enough to get a house, a good car, help us raise kids, and pay for schooling. and even if i did get it, i may feel guilty and give half of it to some worthy charity.

    anyways, enough about me. lets talk about me.
    i have had a hard time adjusting to telling people that i dont work or go to school… it is a total conversation killer. they look at me like, “and what else IS there to life?”… i mean, i do have a very large bun in the oven, but its not coming for another month.
    so… just be grateful, darling, that you are a writer and not a ‘doing nothing but waiting to be a mom’.


  7. Whitney says:

    A millionaire adventurer sounds amazing. A millionaire sounds amazing. I cant wait for you to become one. You are definitely going to be good at it. You little adventurer you.

  8. raygon says:

    I cant wait til you grow up. I want to see which one you really become….the both sound great.

  9. christal says:

    You are such a good writer already no doubt you’ll be an adventurous writer, so you can be both! Fun times all around either way eh! ttyl

  10. Camille says:

    Lindsay– Yes, those were good times, skydiving. It’s been forever, it seems.

    anna– Don’t worry about the British accent. With enough practise, it will come.

    Jeff– Ach. I’d probably be a showy one.

    Katie– You’re right. This can be the second thing for which we look to each other for moral support.

    Geneva– Of course.

    Holly Decker– You know, I can honestly say I’ve never had that problem. I don’t like giving my money away. You’re a good woman.

    Whitney– I intend to be the best Millionaire Adventurer there ever was.

    raygon– When it happens, you can bet it will be documented step by step on this blog.

    christal– How cool, you found my blog! Thanks for the comments. I have a feeling I’ll be stopping by yours a lot!

  11. Cristin says:

    My husband has a job because of Sir Richard, and yes, I am an incredibly jealous of those Millionaire Adventurers and British Billionaires. Money really does buy happiness, I’m sure of it.

  12. HeatherPride says:

    OOOooo, I want to be your second in command! I’d be great. I will plan your trips and make sure you have lots of snacks in your rocket ship. Pick me!

  13. anonymous says:

    you are so funny! that would be the COOLEST job ever!

  14. EverybodyNose says:

    That Richard guy had a reality TV show once awhile ago…it was pretty cool. And he was on MTV’s Cribs. You know that show where the show you the houses of famous people? His is AMAZING!!! He has a private freaking island!!!!!!!!!

  15. niki says:

    i just scrolled down far enough to catch a glimpse of that awesome pic of you and pk again and after snickering for a while at it’s awesomeness, i forgot what i was going to say…

  16. Anonymous says:


    My dear sister, I am convinced you can do anything you set your mind to. Now if only you would believe that…

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