An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience; it may also be a bold, usually risky undertaking, with an uncertain outcome. Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger, such as skydiving, mountain climbing or participating in extreme sports. The term also broadly refers to any enterprise that is potentially fraught with physical, financial or psychological risk, such as a business venture, a love affair, or other major life undertakings.
This past week my husband asked me if I felt like my life was an adventure. Last week when we were in Lakeside for vacation I was told at least 4 times by 4 different people that they viewed my life as an adventure. So….it got me to thinking.
I would not say that I am a huge risk taker so that part of the definition does not really apply to me most of the time but I guess in the eyes of others I do have exciting and unusual experiences. To me it is just my life. Kind of like my blog title. ” It’s Just Life” with the tag line “Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary”. My life is just that—an exercise in finding the extraordinary. That may be in observing a mayfly molt at a picnic or having a conversation with a stranger who feels the need to share.
As life swirls around me I realize that now is my moment. If I do not take full advantage of today nobody else will do it for me. When opportunities arise I need to jump at them . I need to live every moment fully. That means different things to different people but to me it means not missing an opportunity to make a connection, to renew a relationship, to have a conversation, to give a needed hug or to just sit and listen.
Life is short. It is so short. I am reminded daily that tomorrow may bring things that are unexpected and difficult to deal with. Health issues arise and life can change in an instant. My three words for the year are Discipline, Serve and Stretch. I am trying to embrace those (You can read that post by clicking here). I believe that life is what you make it to be. You can bumble through barely existing or you can embrace it and live each day to the best of your ability. I choose to do that.
Is your life an adventure? I would love to hear!