“The most beautiful adventures are not the ones we go to seek.”
~Robert Louis Stevenson~
There are many kinds of adventures, and I can’t speak for you, but for some reason when I see the word “adventure” I hear the theme from Indiana Jones. Indiana Jones has had enough adventures in his lifetime that I do believe his next big adventure will be something along the lines of Indiana Jones and the Pudding of the Day. What think you when you imagine adventure? What would it take for you to see yourself as adventurous?
Perchance, could it be that you might think adventure is something only for the strong of heart? Something along the lines of climbing a cliff, jumping off of it into a thimble half full of jello, while your shorts were lit aflame? Ah, I see the confusion…..there truly IS a fine line between “adventure” and “stupidity,” and I will admit that, being a male of the species and prone to selective bloodflow at times, I have crossed to the wrong side of that line many times.
Sometimes we can be adventurous with our palates. Try dining on fried hog snout on a stick and see how adventurous you feel in about an hour. Here in Mosquitoville, we are prone to deem pretty much anything a delicacy as long as it is deep fried and there’s a stick involved in some form or fashion. Fried twinkies, fried Snickers bars, fried jello, fried octopus, fried Adidas laces, and last year’s State Fair favorite…….fried stick of butter on a stick! If you heat the grease, they will come salivating.
But my question to you is……are you adventurous? Are you willing to take a chance? Are you willing to step out of the ordinary? I’m not suggesting that you pop into a tiny airplane only to hurl yourself (and your lunch) out at 20,000 feet; nor am I suggesting that you take a papercup of water into the desert to see how far you can go before you discover the lost city of Aquaticus. Are you willing, though, to walk over and say “hi” to a new co-worker? Yes, I know….GASP, SPEAK to the newbie? Are you insane?….I get it. How about just trying something new?
OR are you like Bilbo Baggins who said, “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!” Some days it’s an adventure of a lifetime to open ones eyes in the morning to find you’re still breathing. Sometimes the adventure comes in the form of a 10:00 staff meeting and you arrive in the carpark at 9:50 in search of a parking slot. Or you’ve studied very hard for the exam, only to discover that what you studied was the section before what you’re being tested on.
I am NOT a fan of “reality television” and certainly not anything like “Survivor” or “The Amazing Race.” To me, if I can make it home with just as many bits as I left with, I’m a survivor. And, why, pray tell, would anyone want to dash about the world in such a hurry without taking time to enjoy what’s right there around them? For money? Psssshhhh! Adventures are anything out of the ordinary, anything beyond the humdrum of every day, anything that isn’t “normal” (stop looking at me that way).
Go! Do something amazing…..or maybe amusing!
- I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.
Jacqueline Cochran (1910 – 1980)