The Beauty of Adventure


I'm currently sitting in my favorite bookstore chain, Barnes & Noble reading a segment from a book that I read quite some time ago, but decided to pick up and read again. It's called Love Does by Bob Goff,  an incredible author, family man, speaker and advocate for everything 'love'. In this particular chapter of his book he talks about how him and his wife made a pact early in their marriage to allow their kids to pick an adventure to go on when they turned ten years old. 

His first trip was when his daughter turned ten. She loved tea & "finger sandwiches" so she decided she wanted to go to London for her ten-year-old adventure. Goff then goes onto explain how there's not much planning in a ten-year-old adventure --that you just kind of go and figure out things along the way and that he gets to spend three days learning about his kids and gaining new experiences. I personally think it's brilliant. The brilliance lies in this ability to go after something that you 'want'-- that you can make something happen out of nothing and maybe without much planning-- but that if you have a semi-plan, that is good enough because you will find company & experience along the way. 

  • " Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It's not a trip where he sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks us what it is He's made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made.  And then, leaning over us, He whispers, "Let's go do that together." (130)

How good does it feel to go on an adventure with someone?  It feels good just to know someone is right there with you experiencing whatever it is, with you. Road blocks are absolutely necessary in this kind of adventure though. Probably some disagreement between adventurers, changed routes and broken bikes, stalled planes and the same cup to eat and drink out of. But let's also keep in mind the adventures that take place in your own back yard, or between your hopes to start a company, in your courage to walk up to someone and tell them how you feel. Whether you're swinging from a rope into a massive reservoir, or swinging on a rope into a $50,000 investment pitch-- there's a beauty in 'going for it'. There's a confidence that transcends all else fighting against you. And well, sometimes those things fighting against you may win---or at least provide a setback--but that's kind of the beauty of adventure. It's unknown yet captivating. It's scary yet doused in freedom. It's a week-a month, a year- in time, but it's rooted in your memories for the rest of your life. The overall experience is what drives those crazy do-ers to get out there and explore.  So are we doing that? Are we loving what we love enough to do.

That's kind of what it feels like going into this short film project. It feels like I don't have enough time, or enough prepared. It feels like there's roadblocks every other day, like "Oh yeah, you need a Colombian passport since you weren't born after 1991 therefore you no longer hold dual citizenship" -- you know, those little setbacks. There's doubts in the Kickstarter campaign, and the feeling as if I'm running out of networks or contacts to reach out to. But there's something in all of the un-planning that is motivating. You can only do so much, because once you're at the destination--you really don't know what could happen. So as I move forward--although it holds this creative  and emotional personal challenge--it almost feels like I'm trying to get into college again, or trying to prove to my softball coaches that it's worth it to keep a spot for me on the team. It feels like campaign with my running mate for student government in college where I felt waist deep in confusion and doubt, but also waist deep in this weird thing called love. And when does love happen? Well, Bob has taught me love happens when you DO. When you go, and you reach for what you're reaching for, when you take care of someone, when you tell someone what they mean to you, when you put in action your dreams, or challenge something you believe in because your gut is telling you to do something about it. 

So as the days wind down with the Kickstarter, and the plans for travel and housing and passports and technicalities become more important, there's that whisper that is saying "Let's do this together" and that voice is enough to keep me going. Any time a backer donates to the project, it's "Let's do this together." Any time someone texts me to say that they've shared the story, it's "Let's do this together" and that is the beauty of adventure.

Lexi HilandComment