Adventures for the Unadventurous

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

As I've gotten older, I've become more aware of the importance of living a life without constant worry and the need for a little adventure.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still a boring old fart.  The boring-est of old farts.  But I work to allow myself to enjoy the little things that present themselves to us everyday or that we can easily seek out for pleasure.  Things that may not seem worth it because of their simplicity or that may add a little work or stress with the kids, but in the end fill me up in a good way, because they put a smile on my loved ones' faces and they make me look back on the day with contentment.

I've always been a worrier.  I really don't need to tell you this again do I?  I feel like you're not listening.  I remember one of my earliest friends in grade school exclaiming that I was "such a worry wart!" during a playdate.  She was one of my best friends and I knew she liked me even though she was quite unimpressed with this annoying personality trait of mine.  I've never forgotten that.  It's true.  I'm such a worry wart.  Although my worry sort of presents itself differently these days, and I'd like to think it's gotten less severe with age (it hasn't), I will always have caution in my bones.

One of my favorite things about being a parent is getting to experience all sorts of things again as my kiddos experience them for the first time.  Of course I'm seeing them in a different way, but it's still such a joy to watch.  I guess I feel like I should be giving Emmitt and Cora the opportunity for adventure.  I've always thought of myself as the opposite of adventurous, but I think I might have been looking at it wrong.  Sure, I'm never going to skydive.  I'm just not, because that doesn't sound like any fun to me.  While adventures typically involve a bit of risk, they can also simply be an exciting experience.  Also, as an introverted homebody, adventure for me, often looks like stepping outside in the sunshine, where the people are.  And there are so many new things to show kids, that my adventure quota has gone way up in the last four and a half years.  And you know what?  Going on adventures with my littles has given me the courage to pursue other adventures on my own.

So I'm going to be sharing our adventures.  I want a way to remind myself of the times we try new things or simply do something fun and exciting, because when I look back at these adventures, they often line up with the things I'm most grateful for.  I want a life of adventure.  And by that I mean I want a life, strung together by experiences that fill me up, where I can eat and drink and laugh and play, get dressed up and fancy, and then where I can also push myself to be unsure, to get messy and uncomfortable with the low parts of life.  Because while most of these adventures aren't extreme, they push me out of my ruts, and allow me to move and grow.  So let's go on adventures... even if we're unadventurous... let's go on unadventures!

There will be twelve main posts in this project, covering each month's adventures throughout the year.  If we have a particularly special adventure here and there, it may get it's very own post, you never know, we'll just have to see how 2016 unfolds.

Now there's one other part of this project that I'd like to include each of you in.  I plan on sharing little tidbits of these unadventures on Instagram a couple times each week.  I'll be tagging them with #dailyUNadventures.  I'd love it if you join in with your very own daily unadventures.  And whether your adventures are trips to the grocery store with your kids, roller coasters, backpacking through Europe, or a cup of coffee and the book you can't put down at your local coffee shop, you're all welcome to participate!  Because the unadventurous part means living the life you dream about, whether it's wild and crazy, calm and serene, or a little of both, all mixed with the good and the bad that day to day brings.

I want to find great highs and thrills in this life, and I've come to discover that doesn't require grand adventures, but rather it looks like living a life of loveyourguts, loving like crazy, taking it day by day, the worst and the best, enjoying the small things, finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.  You know, that ol' thing.  I can't wait to see what your life of adventure looks like!  Above is one of our most recent and one of my most favorite unadventures:  Errands with Jaron.  Coffee, goal-setting/planning/dreaming, car wash, lunch out, groceries, pick up kids together.  The best.


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