Adventure is Calling
She gripped my hand tightly as we waded into the water. Waves crashed against us as the sand squished between our toes. We stood in the ocean, laughing uncontrollably. My daughter felt the crashing ocean waves for the first time, and it is a memory I will never forget. The video of her laughing and shouting, “Mom, don’t let me go,” still makes me smile. That day, clouds filled the sky. Even as it began to sprinkle, then rain harder, my daughter and I stood out in the waves. We chose adventure over comfort. While we later wished we had chosen to bring some extra towels, but the adventure was worth the sand, the waves, and the rain.
Choices: Adventure or Routine
I confess, I am sometimes filled with the feeling of “I don’t wanna.” I don’t want to get wet. No, I don’t want sand stuck to me. And no, I do not want to run in the rain. That “I don’t want to” feeling can be so convincing. Yet, when I have said yes to being silly and whatever adventure lies ahead, an incredible memory is always created. This summer, my daughter attended church camp for the first time (ie: adventure galore). During her absence, I took my niece to a trampoline park. I promised I would jump with her. Yes, I was sore the next day. However, the laughter and the fun we had together was worth the frequent trips to the restroom (because female), the wipe outs, and the soreness the next day. I could easily stay home checking off my to do list, but the call to adventure is enticing, and full of moments that become cherished memories.
Go on, climb the mountain
When given the choice, you will find me in the mountains. I love to climb, to travel up winding paths. The mountain air is refreshing and the views breath taking. If I chose to focus only on the height of the mountain, discouragement would quickly set in. “It’s too much. I am not strong enough, or in good enough shape. Climbing that mountain will be too tiring.” There are so many reasons to not begin the trek. But, the call to adventure is too grand and too exciting. Regardless of how difficult the trail may be, I will choose to climb. I will stay on the path, my path, the one meant for me, in order to climb the mountains before me. Why? I enjoy the challenge. I cherish the memories. And, because I love the adventure.
Will you choose adventure?
What adventure is calling you? Is there an opportunity before you, one that lies outside of your normal routine? Will you accept the adventure before you? Are you willing to step out, take a few intelligent risks, to choose adventure over mundane? Go ahead, make some memories. Fall. Laugh. Enjoy the journey.