My life has become one huge adventure.
I'm not sure how this happened, but—as with everything in life—I think this has probably been a long time coming.
Here's some quick backstory...
After I quit my job in February, I decided to spend time exploring my creative side, including photography—but making time for it is no easy feat with a toddler around! So, I made a commitment to practice my photography on family adventures, like hopping in the car on a Sunday to scope out interesting spots I could shoot. I started tagging these posts as #lugofamilyadventures on Instagram.
Ever since then, adventure has been popping up everywhere in my life.
Two months ago, when my baby boy turned one, a friend showed up with a special gift: an outfit for him to wear on our adventures. A few days after that on my birthday, another friend wished me a wonderful day full of adventure.
And then I recently came across on amazing quote:
"Jobs fill your pocket. Adventures fill your soul.” - Jamie Lyn Beatty
So much TRUTH in those two sentences.
To date, a few of our adventures include:
- A spontaneous Thursday afternoon spent at a lagoon for a few hours of fun in the water
- Accompanying JJ to the driving range and running around on the grass
- Day trips to the beach (which we've done a few times now)
- Traveling to see my college friends get married
- Driving one hour just to take photos at a spot in Napa we found on Google
Those are all physical adventures—getting up and going somewhere—but I find that the word adventure encompasses so much more.
Yes, my life has become one huge adventure... But I've also realized that it's always been. This entire existence of mine has always been a twenty-nine-year-long fantastic voyage. (Hi Coolio!)
Everything we do is an adventure.
Or is that just the frame through which I'm choosing to see things now? I wonder...
But in truth, frame or no frame, who cares? All that matters is going on more adventures and enjoying this life of ours while we can!
What qualifies as an adventure?
The way I see it, there are two ways we can experience life:
- Going through the motions of everyday life and routine, or...
- Enjoying everything as it happens
I don't know about you, but I'm in the second group!
I'm not always great at it, but I try to make the most of every situation and diminish the angsty resentment that sometimes surfaces on days that feel robotic and monotonous.
For example, I recently purchased a watercolor set and sketchbook. Mind you, I have absolutely no idea what to do with anything art-related! But I decided to give it a try ... even if I make a total "fool" of myself and feel like this sometimes:
Or this weekend when the three of us set off to the beach together. The baby was falling asleep in the car on the way there, but our loud singing kept him awake until we reached the ocean. And he enjoyed a few hours of splashing around. Afterward, though, it was definitely time for a good nap. Instead of heading back home to his crib like we usually do, we decided to wing it and put him to sleep in the shade while we sipped on some gin and tonics. (So good!)
Or earlier this week, when the temperature in Managua felt like 98 degrees, I decided to change things up a little and bathe the baby in the backyard. As you can imagine, he had a blasty-blast ... even though the water was a bit too cold for comfort!
Thinking up new adventures is easiest when I approach each and every day as an opportunity to have FUN, with my family but also by myself.
Whether it's the middle of the week, late Friday afternoon or early Sunday morning, I'm on the lookout for opportunities to do something different and create—either art or experiences.
And as we strengthen that adventure-muscle over time, going on adventures has become easier and easier.
I leave you with this quote, that has inspired me to turn every regular-looking day into an adventure of some sort:
"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so." ― Mary Jean Irion
Wishing you a great adventure today—and every "normal" day to come. :-)