My blogger friend Tiare, from Tiarefitness.com posted the following quote from C.S Lewis on her Instagram feed:
Actually, the best gift you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures.
When I read this early this morning, I knew I had found the fodder for my next post.
For the heck of it, I decided to look up the definition of the word adventure, and found this one I liked.
an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity
I liked this one a lot, but I know different people will focus on different parts. My mom, and I love her for it, regardless of the adventure focuses on the word hazardous! When I took off Saturday morning, I made sure to update Facebook every time I stopped for longer than a water refill, to let her know I was still alive and breathing.
A big shout out to Mighty Manda who saw me cross the finish line and let her know I was safe! As soon as I got to air conditioning, I did the same, but she took care of it right away.
For others it’s the word experience. My wife is a world traveler, and has been all over Europe. Italy, Turkey, Czech Republic, France, Germany, England, Ireland and Spain. She has seen things I will never see (Though we will be going to Italy on our 10th anniversary). I find her very adventurous and I am impressed every time I sit and look at her photos.
But aside from being careful, as one would in any city, these adventures aren’t hazardous, more importantly though, they ARE memorable!
And Activity would be another focus. Though it could be combined with experience, I will separate it here. For an activity, I would refer to something one did, or was a major participant of an event. Case in Point, my buddy Jim Devitt. Back in 1979 he took a shot, entered an essay contest and won the job of bat boy for the Seattle Mariners!
The man has never looked back since. He helped raise me from a pretty boring book-worm at WSU. He and Dave invited me into the Strohs Bros and Fros, taught me what it really meant to be a COUG and taught me how to drink a beer on my head! Most important of all, how to enjoy life to its fullest.
He has since parlayed his experience into a book, The Card: A Van Stone Novel, if you haven’t read it yet, do so you won’t be disappointed.
But then there is me, and since this is my blog, I will take most of the room in the post.
I focus on the unusual and exciting, and if there is a bit of hazard in it as well, that is simply a bonus.
I look around me, at work, in the neighborhood, and the store, and see people who are my age, and even younger, who have seem to have “given up” on the world in general. They get their beer each night, and plan to watch the same TV shows until bed time, then crash, go to work and then repeat.
I just can’t do that. Each year I have the big “thing” planned. This year of course was the 204 mile, in a day, Seattle to Portland. Now I know y’all are probably tired of me whining about it, as it did kick my ass, but dammit I did it. I survived 97 degree heat, headwinds, and my own mind that was telling me “this is stupid, call a cab!” to cross the finish line.
Most people have no desire to ride that many miles in a day ever, and of those that do, only a small percentage will try. Then, not everyone who tries will succeed. OK it’s not sumitting Everest or riding across the Australian Outback, but hell it aint bad.
I just like trying things that push me to the limit. Training to help me be successful keeps me in shape and young, While in the middle of it, my mind is aware of everything going on, which keeps it exercised. And, pure and simply, it gives me something to look forward to when the work starts to get crappy. It’s keeps me from looking like sn old fart!
I will continue to look for, attempt and hopefully complete something big every year until I am flat too old, to fat, or finally too smart to keep doing so.
I do hope though, that somehow this has rubbed off on the kids. As they were growing up, at least when their mom wasn’t looking) I would turn a blind eyes (at least as far as they knew) to some of the things they’d do.
Climbing rocks, trees, taking steep hills on mountain bikes, and many other things that might be considered dicey for a kid, but it allowed them to stretch their wings and experience adventure on their own for the first time. Shoot my dad did the same thing, I only realized he was watching when I damn near slid over a small cliff into a waterfall when I 17. (sorry mom, but I made it!)
I want them to be able to do all the things I’ve done, and haven’t been able to do. But I won’t force them to do so. It has to come from the inside them, if they don’t want to, its “Dad is making me do this!” But if I just look for opportunities that they would like, and then do them as well then it becomes fun!
Then I can only hope they grow up to be adventurous.
Folks, I will admit it might be safer staying home and sitting on the couch, but to me, if thats ALL I did (cuz somedays it’s the perfect thing to do) if it was all I did, I would think I had one foot in the grave already! And I never would’ve seen this:
So get out there! Travel, hike, ride do SOMETHING! And if you think you are too old, check out my friend Stacy’s dad! I have no idea how old he is, but he is older than I am, and this man just completed his FIRST Seattle to Portland!
Not sure if anyone told him he was too old, but if he is anything like his amazing daughter, he said “Screw you!” and pointed his nose south! THAT is having an adventure people, so start planning now!!
Like the wind folks!