When I was young—like Liz’s daughter (see yesterday’s post), that kind of young—my head was filled with adventurous ideas. I planned to own a horse, even though I lived in suburbia. I planned to go to college. I planned to travel.
I managed all those things and then some. I’ve lived in New York City, Atlanta, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve spent summers on an island in Maine, on the Outer Banks, and now on a barrier island in Florida. I’ve been to Europe, I’ve hiked in the Alps, I’ve sailed a boat off the coast of Martinique.
But most of that was when I was younger. Somehow, middle age crept up on me, and a combination of job responsibilities, family responsibilities, financial realities and maybe common sense has made me more practical for the past ten or so years. But when my husband and I planned this year, I knew I was turning 50 (already happened, see? I’m still here!), and I wanted to recapture some of the adventurous spirit that I’d lost. How?
We started with the new car we bought back in January. Followed by running our first half-marathon. Last month, I crossed something off my “bucket list” when we took a cruise through the Panama Canal—an amazing and memorable trip. We doubled down on the adventure factor and did excursions in Mexico that took us zip-lining and camel riding.
Later this year, we travel to Quebec City for another half-marathon. It will be my first time traveling to Quebec, and I can’t wait.
That’s actually the cool thing about adventure–I find a little of it gives me a taste for me. And a taste for adventure makes me look forward. I want to accomplish new things, finish that next book, explore new opportunities, travel new places. I can’t believe I got bogged down in everyday life for so long and forgot that life should be an adventure!
So, I’ll leave you with an inspirational video I found this morning that comes from Conan O’Brien (I discovered it on the HubSpot.com blog). Here’s hoping it makes you start looking forward, too!
Is there an adventure you’re planning? Or one you’ve put off? What about your ‘bucket list’?