A is for Adventure!

ad·ven·ture

Noun, an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity;
a daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my 5-year old son, it’s that children love adventure! Children love to learn new things, to do something different that they’ve never done before, to discover something they never knew about before. If they don’t have it on hand or around them, then they make it up from their imagination as they go along. If you spend even ten minutes with children, you will see this adventurous spirit at work and it’s a lot of FUN! I’d like to think we all inherently have that spirit in us when we were younger, but as we grow older that spirit starts to take a backseat to make room for the busy-ness of life.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”
-Hellen Keller

I’m not sure about you, but when I think of adventure, I almost automatically think it requires travel. When someone tells you they just had an adventure, doesn’t it just seem like being on the other side of the world is a given?

My sister recently came back from a trip to Peru. She visited Machu Picchu and climbed Rainbow Mountain. Wow! Right? How I wish I could do something like that! An adventure like this takes a LOT of research, planning, and a fair bit of courage. If funds and babysitting were of no consequence, I would travel all the time. But most of us are in the urban lifestyle (albeit somewhat begrudgingly), working eight hours a day, five days a week so vacationing away are usually limited to a week or two a year. And lets face it, a seven or fourteen day trip does not an adventurer make. Neither can we all climb mountains year round (If you can and do, that’s awesome). However, there is still a chance to build an adventurous spirit within the confines of the daily grind. It’s just a matter of finding it for the other three-hundred and fifty-eight days of the year.

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure”
-William Feather

If you ask my son what adventure is, he would probably tell you: it’s taking the toll highway (dubbed “new way”) instead of the regular highway, sleeping over at a friend’s house for the first time, going to summer camp even though it’s in the exact same room he’s been in for JK all year, trying a new type of cookie (last week was strawberry creme, this week it’s blueberry with flax), or going anywhere in the car with daddy (he ducks at bridges and raises his arms down hills).

What is adventure for YOU? What excites you? What experience feels daring & remarkable to you?

Taking the example of a child, perhaps doing something new or different may take the same adventurous spirit as climbing a mountain. Choosing to do the things that would make you think twice, the kind of stuff that challenges you and changes you, has the potential to transform you and make you grow as a person. It could be as simple as going to that restaurant you always pass by on your way to work but have never tried. Or picking a movie or book you already know (read: assume) you won’t like. Perhaps it’s as profound as talking to & befriending a person with a point of view or lifestyle that you don’t understand and seek to understand them. Or as exhilarating as going zip lining because you’re terrified of heights!

Imagine cultivating this adventurous spirit year round? So that when you’re faced with a mountain, you can choose to dive down head first and say to yourself, “Dude, I GOT THIS!”

-JOYismom

 

Just for a spot of fun, here’s my “daring adventure” last summer (AAHH!!)… and YES, I was and still am afraid of heights.

This is the zipline tour with Ziptrek Ecotours in Mont Tremblant, Quebec

Here is my goofball of a husband whooping down the mountain, meanwhile I am just holding on for dear life…

BUT I still did it, and I’m so glad I did. It’s one of our fondest memories from that trip.

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