Let's Go on Adventure

Adventure.  I love that word.  It reminds me of books I used to read as a kid and my favorite movies.  Adventure makes me feel young again.  Why don't we go on adventures anymore?  Why don't we use that phrase?
Let's go on an adventure.

I often wonder what my kids would think if I woke them up one day and said those words.  Let's go on an adventure.  Would they think of traipsing through the woods?  Traveling somewhere far?  Would it involve something dangerous, funny or scary?  I'm so afraid that they would pass on my suggestion and opt for staying home instead.

Everyone loves adventure.  I truly believe that, but I know too many who would rather steer clear of the unknown and stick with what's comfortable.  Perhaps, that's what books and movies are for.  We don't need to put ourselves at risk if Indiana Jones/Harry Potter/Dr. Who are willing to do it for us.  But if we don't adventure, who will tell the stories?

Adventure is often an euphemism in our family.  When we're traveling and things don't turn out right or the trip takes a strange turn, you'll hear us say: well that was an adventure.  It often means that whatever happened was not what we wanted or expected.  Getting lost in a big, foreign city.  Adventure.  Albeit, not one we wish to experience.  Still exciting, still new, still something that makes us feel alive.  And what could be better than that?

Living abroad, the sense of adventure is always there, lurking around every trip.  With every new place we see, we shed another layer of fear of the unknown.  We get a little bit more adventurous.

And what we want most for our kids to gain from this experience is that being adventurous doesn't always mean jumping out of an airplane (please don't) or hiking to a mountain peak.  Adventure can mean trying new foods you've never tried, speaking with locals in cultures you've never spoken with before, making a new friend, being open minded and level-headed. But mostly, it's about creating new memories.

It keeps the soul fresh.  It builds character.  It adds to the layers of who we are.

So, whether it be traveling, falling in love, making a change in your life or having children of your own, please just go on an adventure.

Thank you to Mia and Vashelle for the excellent prompt today!  Read the rest of the Write or Die posts at the link up here.

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  1. I love this post, Jessica! And you have a beautiful family. :) I love what you said about adventure taking different forms and doesn't always have to be jumping out of a plane, etc. SO true! I think keeping an open mind and being willing to experience new things is a wonderful way to live life and be adventurous. :) Thanks so much for joining us and sharing your story! xo

  2. I love your post! Every time something doesn't go the way we thought it would we always say "that was an adventure" as well. Usually when we get lost :) I think it would be fabulous to wake up one morning and have that person next to you say, "let's go on an adventure!" I'm a control freak and would want to plan the whole thing ahead. I think part of me would love to just 'let it go' too! Oh, adventure! *erica*

  3. I've always heard "attitude is the difference between an ordeal + an adventure!" -- I love to see that in action!

  4. "But if we don't adventure, who will tell the stories?"

    Ooooh that's so true! We'll all likely be grandparents someday, and we need to have intriguing stories to tell all the little ones, don't we? :)

    My most adventurous time was while living abroad, and boy does that itch never leave you. It truly stays with you forever, as I'm sure it will with your kids.

    I agree, please don't ever jump out of planes, children! My thirteen year-old was JUST telling me that she wants to go sky-diving. I was like, "Girl, you're cray." But I *am* glad to see a sense of adventure and fearlessness in her.

    Thanks for linking up!


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