There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein
Adventure, doesn’t only have different definitions, it also brings different emotions to the surface. Some things can be either scary or very exciting. Sometimes, that what is for one person a big adventure, can be just a daily routine for another. Some of us might be interested in having many adventures in our lives and others might not want one. These are choices and are neither good nor bad but simply different perspectives to share.
My family and I live the lives of expats , moving from country to country for a few years at a time. I am not sure if this is a well thought through life style. The reason why we made this choice was because, we wanted to travel in combination with our work and this has resulted in our moving around the globe. Our children find this lifestyle normal and have only now begun to realize that not every one packs up their bags, every two years to go unpack in another country. For some, this would be a nightmare.
However, for me personally, it is an opportunity to learn, in different ways and on several different levels. It gives me chances to add to my intuitive gifts and to search for solutions in anything that crosses my path. For example writing in English, which is not my first language as well as writing this blog, is a big challenge for me. After 12 years of living my nomadic life, I try to test my own boundaries. What language do I use when day dreaming? Dutch or English? This is not easy, because I certainly think in both, and sometimes even at the same time. That does produce a very interesting language.
So, for my family and me the definition of adventure has changed over time. When I left my home country I made my husband swear that we would move home after an x amount of time. Now, I still have so much to see and do, that to move home is not a priority. I feel very blessed to live this way.
I do have friends that love the city or the village they live in. Moving around is not their adventure. They however, have different adventures in their life, and I really admire them for their ability to do so. For example, to take care of kids with challenges. These friends have taken their particular adventure and made it a big success. They also have their ups and downs, but then every day they take their adventures and find a way to succeed. Others perhaps have chosen the path of being the best in their job and to manage a family of 3 kids along with it.
Sometimes we don’t even make a conscious choice when picking our adventure. The routes and directions appear out of nowhere or we just go with the flow and don’t have to think about it too much. Sometimes, we feel there is no choice at all, but for me that is a choice too. Every day you are given a choice to take on the adventure of a brand new day. Even if it is just to make the choice not to join in and to watch from the sidelines. Perhaps, to give yourself the time to think a bit more about it.
Some of the adventures take a day and sometimes they are with us for a life time. So, we can take it as it is. Even if, it wasn’t by choice.