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

20 01 2018
Map

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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Cryptic Facebook Post

14 06 2014

I was sitting here at my computer, staring down facebook once again.  To post or not to post, that was the question.  I kind-of wanted to post something cryptic and “ill-mooded”, but I also didn’t wan’t to have flashbacks of having done just that same thing in high-school.  So I’m posting some more rambling non-sense here instead (I just hope it doesn’t take longer than an hour, or else I’ll regret it tomorrow morning).

The whole point of this “cryptic facebook post” that I had in my head to post (but didn’t), was, in a brief summary: “I’m not where I want to be in life”  I was hoping by this time I’d have at least one completed work of music, or a drawing that I would be proud enough to claim as my own, or at the very least a video blog so you can see my pretty face and listen to the sultry sound of my voice.  But no… you’re just reading some boring text, probably skimming from paragraph to paragraph.  I don’t blame you though; I do the same thing.  So this is what happens when dreams and reality meet I guess.  I’ve never had a job that I’ve said that I really didn’t like, but as humanity would have it, I’ve found myself skimming the bottom of the barrel hoping to find enough scraps to hold together some sort of thing that people call living (keep in mind I have 2 jobs… one of which I thoroughly enjoy, but I’m pleading the 5th on which one I’m talking about… here’s a hint: it’s not posted on my facebook that I work there.)

Don’t get me wrong, the people there are great (mostly), but that kind of environment is not suited to my strengths even in the slightest.  Which got me to thinking again, about my other post And Now: For Something Completly Different.  I desperately am clinging on to the theory of that post, probably as some sort of early-mid-life crisis.  But reality has sunk it’s teeth in hard, and I’m struggling to fight for my dreams.  I’ve found that it’s like this: the desire is there, and the skills are rusty (but there… I hope) but right now, I have no goals or outlet.  I’ve also noticed how having 2 jobs, makes me really not want to do anything at all when I have time off.  I play a lot of music, but most of it doesn’t accomplish much, as I don’t have anything hooked up to record anymore.  Lastly, I’ve noticed that I like to do creative things at night, which doesn’t help when I have to be up at 5 the next morning.  So… This “job” thing that makes me money.  it’s a necessary evil at this point.  And unfortunately, sometimes I have to do things I don’t like to do.

I’m still looking for a place to live in a more permanent situation.  I’ve got boxes and piles everywhere in the room my grandparents are letting me stay in.  It’s not home though, and it’s not suitable to what I want to be doing with my time.  But once again… there’s that money thing.

So, I’m not doing what I want in a place I don’t want to be, with my boxes and piles of dirty laundry to keep me company… hmm… let’s talk solutions.  Because solutions to problems are always more exciting than the problems themselves in my opinion.

Option 0: Do nothing

So I make money now, I eat good food and sleep in a warm bed.  What more could I want in life?  <– seriously  this isn’t fun at all.

Option 1:  Go to college!

Ok… I’ve given this some thought, and it actually seems like it could become a viable solution.  But there’s still lots of details and stuff to hash out in my head and on paper before it becomes even remotely doable.

Option 2: Find a different job

I’m working on this one passively, but seriously: it was hard enough the first time.

Option 3: umm…

Ok… I haven’t come up with any more ideas.  What can I say? I’m writing this all down as it comes to me anyway.  what did you expect? a well thought out dissertation on my thoughts this evening? ha ha! you obviously don’t know me very well then… moving on…

every now and then… I’ve highly considered, while driving, to just keep driving, to see where I end up.  Just to pack up some things, and hit the road.  But then again, it wouldn’t help with my mission at all.  so Option 4: I need to set some actual tangible goals for myself.  “Goal one: write goals down.”  There, that wasn’t too hard. I just need to keep going.  Now for those of you who don’t know how this blogging thing works, I’m going to stop writing things here so I can find some pretty pictures to put in before it gets much later into the night.

<insert 15 minute gap of time>

Well.. that was a waste.  There’s nothing good on the internet anymore (which is another tangent I might address later).  I took a bunch of nice photos last weekend, but they’re still all on my moms computer.  So it looks like you’re just going to get a big-ole wall-o-text this time… sorry.