“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” — William Feather
This week’s theme for the Weekly Image of Life by the Island Traveler is one near and dear to my heart. Adventure. I searched the online dictionaries on the web to see how they defined adventure and here are some of my favorites.
ad•ven•tureædˈvɛn tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.
- An exciting or very unusual experience.
- Participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
- A bold, uncertain, and usually risky undertaking
- To risk or hazard.
- To take the chance of; dare.
If we want to live life as fully as we can, adventure must be part of it. For without taking risks or chances, how would we ever be able to reach our fullest potentials and dreams? I view myself as a rather adventurous person who thrives on new experiences and taking risks. Since becoming a mother, my passion for adventure has exploded even more and I fully believe it will never cease to be a big part of who I am and who I am becoming.
Here are some of my favorite moments of adventure that I’ve had over the last few years and what these moments have meant to me.
To me, adventure means taking risks.
In November 2010, my father and I went on a three-week journey to Nepal and India where we trekked 100 miles of the Annapurna Trek in the Himalayas. I’ve always been an avid hiker but had never hiked so far and so high before. I was nervous about leaving my family for so long and scared to death of safely completing the hike. But I pushed myself to take that risk and it was well worth it as that was a trip that changed my life. I wouldn’t be blogging if I hadn’t done that trip. Nor would I have realized how easy it is to give back and make a difference through volunteerism.
“Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.” — Henry David Thoreau
Adventure means seeking out new places to explore and traveling alone.
In April 2010 I traveled solo to Morocco where I volunteered for a week in Rabat. My friends thought I was crazy going alone. But I discovered how much solo traveling forces you to rediscover yourself and can be an absolutely wonderful experience.
Adventure means trying something new
A few years ago, my dad and I went to the southern tip of Argentina where we hiked at Los Glaciares National Park and took a day trip to see the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier. There we laced up our crampons and went on a hour-long glacier trek on one of the largest glaciers in the world. The wind was daunting but the view astounding. An adventure I’ll never forget.
Adventure means following the path not taken
When my Dad and I went to China last November, it was given that we would see the Great Wall. But I didn’t’ want to do it the easy or normal way. No bus ride to the touristy section of the wall or gondola ride up. Nope. Instead, we found the craziest perhaps slightly dangerous hike imaginable and spent two hours with a guide climbing “up” to the Wall. It was an experience of a lifetime that perhaps rates along the top of my adventure list.
Adventure means testing your body to the limit, no matter what your age
In March, my dad and I challenged ourselves to hiking and skiing the Ridge in Taos, New Mexico. A steep, exhausting hour and a half hike up the mountain and down we went, skiing terrain that was well beyond our ability but enjoying every moment of the thrill.
Adventure means flying high
When my husband and I went to Queenstown, New Zealand (back in 2002 well before kids), there was no doubt that we would be participating in some adventure sports. For isn’t that what Queenstown is known for? What did we choose? Tandem-hangliding of course! The run and jump off the mountain side was perhaps the most daring thing I’ve ever done. I screamed with all my might, to the amusement of the pilot. It was one of the most exhilarating things I’ve ever done. To fly and be free like a bird.
Adventure means stepping out of your comfort zone
In November 2002, during a trip to the Great Barrier Reef I tried diving for the first time. I was scared shitless (no matter how irrational it was, I could not stop thinking of the movie JAWS!) but once down inside the reef, I was spellbound by the elaborate, magical display of colors. I could hardly believe this place was real. It was unbelievable and yet another new, exhilarating experience I’d tried.
Adventure means letting fear dissipate
After a traumatic experience with severe Postpartum Depression (after the birth of my first child), a year later I boarded a plane to South Africa for an adventure of a lifetime. My first safari! Only a year before I could hardly get out of bed to care for my newborn son and then I was on an open-aired rover watching a herd of elephants cross right in front of my eyes. I never experienced PPD again (thank God!) and was able to brave it and have a wonderful daughter two years later.
Adventure means letting go
During a week trip to Xela, Guatemala I rose at 5 am to climb Santa Maria Volcano where I saw the neighboring volcano erupt right before my eyes. I went on this trip alone, with minimal Spanish yet immersed myself in the culture and language, letting go of all my worries and concerns. The freedom of letting go was invigorating.
Adventure means following finding beauty in unexpected places
During a trip to Iceland in 2009, I took a day trip to try ice hiking, something I’d never done before. I’d always loved glaciers and mountains but to see the ice formations up close was breathtaking. Plus I met several new friends along the way (I seem to have no problem talking to strangers!)
Adventure means life
Having a family is the greatest adventure of all. Living life through the eyes of my children inspires me, frees me and brings more joy than anything possible. I am so blessed to have them.
Stay tuned….my next adventure is less than a month away! My dad and I are headed to the French Alps for some serious trekking! Well, that is before I go to DC and NYC for a global advocacy conference and Blogging conference.
Life is always an adventure! It’s what you make it. thirdeyemom
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