Want to know a weird thing about me? If I have to rush out to catch the bus in time in order to get to school or work, I’ll normally shout ‘I’m going on an adventure!’ while I’m running like Bilbo Baggins when he leaves the Shire to go on an adventure that would change his life.
Before you leave this page out of disgust for my weirdness, the point I want to make is that when I shout that out, I’m technically saying the truth. It may not seem like much on most days, but I like to think that my activities during the day are all part of an adventure that’s called ‘life’. Life tends to throw a lot of crap your way, but it also comes with its own share of fond memories and blessings. As the famous quote goes, ‘life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get’.
That’s what makes up a lot of the adventure. There’s so much that life has to offer both good and bad, and it’s all worth living through. Right now, I’m going through some deep issues that makes it difficult for me to want to move on, but I work to push through, and I become stronger because of it. I’ve struggled with not having very many feelings of self-worth or self-value, and I tend to go through some depressive cycles that leaves me feeling exhausted and unsure of what to do. But I’m also reassured by the fact that God loves me exactly for who I am, the fact that I have friends who will support me, and I continue to do what I love to do such as writing. So, how can you view life as an adventure worth traveling?
1. Know that life is unpredictable, so don’t try to guess what will happen the next day - None of us can really guess what will happen tomorrow or a week from today. We may know of certain things that are coming up, but we don’t know how they’ll play out. I tend to fantasize how things will play out a lot, and 99.9% of the time, I’m wrong. I think that’s solid proof there to believe that we can never really accurately guess to the letter how something will happen when it happens.
2. Don’t approach something out of fear, but instead be open-minded and hopeful - If we approach things in life out of fear, we may not be open-minded enough to discover how they can either benefit us or help make us stronger. We need to be hopeful. That isn’t to say that nothing will ever go wrong. We’re bound to go through experiences that we wish we never had to go through. That’s part of the adventure. The part that none of us really like. Did Bilbo enjoy getting captured by trolls or getting stuck in a game of riddles with Gollum? I wouldn’t think so, I wouldn’t enjoy those things either. But what’s important is that when we go through a difficult experience, we try to see what we have learned in the process. There will be times when we lose something, but at the same time we may gain something too.
3. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey - Don’t worry about where certain things in your life may lead you, but instead, live in the moment so that you can view where you are in the ‘here and now’ (I’m using way too many nerdy references in this blog for my own good). Ten years from now, when you look back on an event that changed your life, you’ll be able to see more clearly how it changed you. It’s part of the adventure.