An Adventurous Choice
I sat surrounded by beautiful children as I practiced a new language: Tok Pisin. I only had a week’s worth of tutorials, but I was determined to communicate with the smiling faces before me. So I gesticulated wildly as I retold the story of the three little pigs, trying to make it more culturally appropriate as we were at a celebratory pig roast, and the face of said pig was behind my left shoulder on a spit. With each huff and puff the children rolled in laughter. I had no idea how much they understood, but I did know that that moment was a gift. I was on the biggest adventure of my life: a three month stint in Papua New Guinea, living with a tribe of people who had seen less than a handful of white people.
The repercussion from that trip remains with me in my day to day.
I learned that when I step out into new territory, when I open up to new perspectives, and when I establish myself as the one who is ready to learn, I invite growth.
In my twenties my adventuring spirit brought me all over the world. I worked in a jail in San Salvador. I white water rafted down rivers in Costa Rica. I navigated the muddied streets of Mexico driving a 16 person van. I played with children in orphanages, helped the homeless in Denver, and held the hands of those who were dying in nursing homes in Thailand. I sought adventure. I saw over and over again that I was able to find alignment anew and growth in my character by placing myself in challenging situations.
My life has changed dramatically from my 20s. I have not travelled overseas in almost a decade. I am a wife, and a mother. I have been working happily in the midst of Academia for 10 years; I was head of my son’s PTA.
And in my day to day, I still sought adventure. For I came to believe that adventure is not about putting ourselves in hazardous circumstances or leaping into the unknown. Adventure is a spirit of opening oneself up to realignment and growth, and that can happen anywhere.
So not only am I an adventurer, but I married one, and we are raising two little adventurers.
Now there is a twist. In June of 2017, we decided we wanted to really realign. We wanted big growth. So we made an unconventional choice. We chose to make a big move. Without jobs, without lots of stuff, we packed up our family and we moved from the steadfast, solid life we had established in a beautiful New England town and threw caution to the wind by moving to a rental property in a transient coastal town on the Emerald Coast of Florida.
All of life is an adventure. We get to choose every day if we want to put ourselves out there and learn and grow. Sometimes the adventure is an internal journey and some times it is an external leap.
I have begun blogging to capture both. Thank you for joining me.