Tonight, ChicagoNow bloggers were challenged with writing separate, unique posts on one unified theme - giving advice to a person, place or thing. And, tonight, I am joining with my fellow bloggers to do just that.
Not being one to ever get up on my soapbox and offer unsolicited advice to the masses, I am going to turn my attention on myself, and use this exercise as an excuse to create a mantra I want to actively embrace and help guide my life's ongoing journey. And, that my friends, is to always be ready for adventure.
Dream big and fasten your seatbelt
As we all know, life doesn't always turn out as we imagined or even planned. As kids, we tend to aspire to be actors, athletes or fashionistas. As we get older, we tend to envision ourselves leading extravagant, carefree lives of leisure. As working adults, we daydream of having fast-paced, successful and rewarding careers - with lots of paid time off, of course. As parents, the cycle alters as we project our dreams on our children and help encourage and fuel their fledgling dreams.
I truly believe that we should all be proud of where life's journey takes us and who we (and our children) are today. Because regrets will get you nowhere in life.
I for one, prefer to remain facing forward, looking on at what lies ahead in life versus over analyzing the past. But, of course, my mother raised me well, and I travel on the road of life well-prepared, with my proverbial seatbelt safely fastened at all times. That is why, tonight, I am using this challenge as the perfect excuse to put a stake in the ground and focus on always being ready for adventure - no matter where life takes us.
Change is good
Anyone who knows me and my husband know that change doesn't faze us. We moved across the country from Chicago to San Francisco when we had only been dating about nine months. (Yes, my mother was not thrilled...) We moved from the city to the western suburbs to the northern suburbs and then back to the city in the span of less than four years. We left our single-family home behind for a high-rise condo downtown. We booked our first family trip abroad to Paris when our sons were six and four years old. And, we love it.
With each move and each trip, we've met new people, experienced new things, seen new places and enjoyed new experiences. It's been a wild ride, and I wouldn't change a thing. Why? Because each and every year has been chock full of adventures. Some little, some big, but all adventures nonetheless.
It's made us appreciate our lives, our families and ourselves. And, that's pretty remarkable. Change has been very good, and I want to always remember that it's an important part of being adventurous, too. And, I want to always be ready for adventure - and change - no matter what.
Practice what you preach
It's easy to get bogged down in the trials and tribulations of everyday life. I, for one, sometimes get caught up in the details and fail to keep my eye on the big picture. So, tonight, I am reminding myself to let go a little. Relax a little. And, enjoy a lot.
Yes, as cliche as it may sound, adventure really is lurking around every corner. You just have to be ready for it. I know I am (or at least I want to be), and I want my kids to be ready for it, too.
As I strive to raise my two "world citizens," I want them to be ready for adventures, ready for the out-of-the-box and out-of-your-comfort-zone experiences, and really just ready for anything.
I know it's not an easy, inherent thing as I think we all tend to be creatures of habit. But, I hope my sons will learn how to be ready to embrace life's adventures from watching and learning from my actions (and my husband's too) - and our own special blend of joie de vivre.
In turn, I know (and hope) it will allow them to further embrace all people, cultures and places. And, that would make me very, very happy.
So now I have to hold myself to my own advice and hope it sparks even more wonderful experiences and amazing adventures for me and my family - here in Chicago or during our travels across the globe. Because, moving forward - looking onward and upward - I am going to always be ready for adventure.
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