A Life of Greater Adventure: Chapter 1, Discovering that you’re on an adventure

20 01 2018
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Credit: Kyle Zentmeyer

Interestingly enough, the hardest part of this writing adventure is going to be the starting;  Which Ironically, is what I’m planning on talking about right now.  It’s pretty easy to catch yourself in a rut.  Some days you just have to take one day at a time.  Finding your way into an adventure can seem like a bit of a trick.

Before we begin, I feel like now would be a good moment to mention a couple of things first.  I’m not a professional, and I’m just making up these ideas as they come to me.  Second, I am a Christian, and I believe certain things about our origins, our future and a certain set of moral standards.  That being said, this isn’t a sermon, and while I will draw some aspects from the Bible, these ideas herein are, as mentioned before, are just a series of ideas that I’ve had.  So here we go.

So… There you are, sitting reading (I’m sure you’re reading. you might be standing or laying down…).  So… There you are, in some position, reading (or listening via text to speech… whatever).  And I bet you’re thinking to yourself: I’m in a rut and would like to go on an adventure.  Well guess what? You’re already on your way.  There’s just a few things you have to check on first before you step across that threshold.  Do you have your grappling hook?  That’s okay, it’s optional.

Most importantly, you need to know where this adventure will ultimately lead to.  A map is going to come in handy, metaphorically speaking (and possibly literally).  Each point on the map represents a potential goal.  This can be anything from getting into better shape, to curing cancer, to being a better person.  Whether or not you think you can reach whatever goal you set, you should still set it; otherwise, you’ll get a whole lot of nowhere fast.  Have an idea in mind? No? Well… Keep reading; something might come to you.

Another important part is knowing how to get from here to there.  So where is here?  In the world of adventures you should consider yourself a level one character.  That is to say: you have no gear, no plan, a miniscule number of skills and in most cases are fairly squishy, so try not to get yourself killed just yet.  We have to prep accordingly.

Once we know where we’re going we need to know how we’re going to get there.  We need to plan for potential dangers as well as everyday necessities. We need to look at our map and think about everything we’ll need to pack.

Lastly, in games, movies and books our heros and adventures are governed by a set of rules. It’s just how life works.  Even if you choose to disagree, I find that the Bible is a core foundational set of rules that works very well.  And beside the fact that I hold everything in it to be true, I will be using as my rulebook to this adventure guide.

Next time, we’ll dig into more specifics on setting your goals.  I’ll be using my goals as the example: To be Christ’s warrior, a hero to those in need, and to be the king of my kingdom

Are you ready to start a grand adventure? I hope so, because you’re already on the path of one.  Adventures are rarely glamorous.  Much like our everyday lives, we’re given problems and choices.  What makes it a memorable adventure instead of a mundane daily task is your attitude towards it.

We have an opportunity here that I don’t want to miss out on.  There is an ever-present chance to engage ourselves in an active roll in our own lives.  It would be a shame if we laid down our gear and said “we’re close enough”.

This week’s challenge: every two (three) weeks I’ll issue a new challenge.  I simple idea that I myself will be shooting for. I encourage you to join in! This time, I challenge you, if you don’t already, to go out and get a rulebook (Bible) to follow along (Bible gateway has a free app… It’s painless to use and it’s informative at the very least… Do it… Try it… Go on an adventure).  If you need more direction, start with the book if Romans (it’s towards the back).

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A Life of Greater Adventure: Prologue

30 12 2017

Dear Readers,

I write this as another mark on the end of another year.  Personally, it was fantastic and just as crazy as ever.  However, I’ve had one thing nagging at me: is my life losing its adventure? It seems a little early for a mid-life crisis, but here I am contemplating that very idea.  Has all the magic of discovery petered out in a disappointing display of apathy? has the daily grind become nothing more than an autonomous cycle?

But then I thought about it a bit longer.  Was it me, or just me? in other words: Is it merely my perception of what life, and adventure should be like that’s the problem? I considered this for a while and came across a couple of, what I believe to be, very important discoveries.

One: That Life itself is an adventure.  Okay, that one seems obvious and cliche, but that’s the conclusion I came up with.  Of all the things that could happen to us, the things that actually do could be considered remarkably unique.

And two: That, in general, we have understated the importance of being prepared for just such an adventure.  Sure, we learn our reading, writing and arithmetic; We may even learn to make grilled cheese without burning the crap out of it.  We learn to be socially normalized, and to do unto others as we would want to be treated ourselves.  But outside of that there seems to be a gap in connecting life and adventure.  We’ve idolized and idealized what we think adventure should be like, through books and movies.  And while I too enjoy a good adventure movie (and on extremely rare cases a book), we’ve slowly drained ourselves of the idea that we, ourselves, are engaged in the only adventure we will EVER have with our mortal selves.

So… this is the dilemma: How do we escape the daily grind and live a life of adventure? that’s a trick question! the truth is, that the question should be: How do I engage myself fully into the adventure I’ve already been placed in?

Throughout this next year,  I’ll be posting regularly (every other Saturday, in fact!) about my thoughts on this idea of living “A Life of Greater Adventure”  So stick tight as we delve into the most real thing that you’ve ever done: Life

Next Time: “Chapter 1 – Taking inventory” (January 13th January 20th)