As I shared with you earlier this week, I had the opportunity to take a trip out to Arizona with my youngest son for a long weekend. We wanted to see the Grand Canyon and some other sites. I had some airline vouchers, and he had hotel and rental car points. In less than 24 hours, we were on the plane and flying west.
How was this possible? First, I had to be open to the possibility and flexible in my plans and expectations. I didn't have to cancel any important commitments, nor did he, however, I did have to leave my fears, my usual ways of doing things before a trip, and my "I'm too old to be doing this" mentality in the closet and shut the door.
When we started picking out our rental car, I was just looking for a colorful, practical car. I thought a red or blue SUV was living it up. When my son suggested a sports car, and then a bright orange convertible (his status with the rental car company allowed for this), I could feel myself squirm. Why? Maybe I thought I was too old for a convertible? Maybe I felt conspicuous and the ever present, "what will people think?", crept in. Luckily, I was able to say, "Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!" and we had a blast with the wind in our hair and sun on our face.
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We all have hopes, desires, and dreams. Each of us has passions and activities that refresh and inspire us. While you may experience challenges or frustrations during your adventure, like returning home with a sprained ankle (see previous post), I guarantee you that you will also return home with a sense of renewal, satisfaction, and gratitude for having risked, tried, embraced and lived your adventure.
Share your list with someone, a close friend or here on this blog. Speaking your desires makes them all the more real, tangible and possible. Then get ready. Once you know what you want, there is a much higher probability that you will see a way to make something on your list happen. An adventure might even fall in your lap, but you have to recognize it and be ready to embrace it or it will pass you by.
My hope for all of us is that we dive into life and dive into wellness so we can seize our adventure when the opportunities arise. God has so many blessings to give us if we are ready and able to receive them.