The greatest aspiration in life, in my opinion, is an adventure. When I was young, and dependent on my parents for everything, I would slip away and spend my time reading about adventure. Perhaps that was one of the reasons that sparked such a desire to become a writer. I could create, I could imagine , I could justify having adventures to share them at a later date. This is a moment when you learn something about yourself, when you can perhaps grow as a person. Perhaps your adventure will have some bumps, some mishaps and that’s even better for self discover.
My adventures have been a little tame lately, and evolve the more personal, mind exploring activities. Who am I, what are you going to do about the near and far future… Still important for self-identity, but perhaps more self-refining than discovery. Everyone needs to take a journey (or many) in their lives. We can get caught up in the day-to-day norm, perhaps we may begin to feel lax, or loose touch with a goal or version of the self that we once knew to be true. Day-to-day, I can sometimes loose appreciation for where I am in life at the moment. A journey, a step out of the ordinary, refreshes your perspective.
So when someone leaves your life for a little while, and sets off to explore or partake in an experience of learning, you must smile and let them go. Four weeks isn’t too long of a time, I know that it will fly by fast. But it is still strange when a person whose presence you are used to feeling beside you, is suddenly unreachable for a time. The man I love is gone on an adventure and I can’t wait to hear all about it. Until then I have to get used to that strange emptiness that settled in after he left to cross the Atlantic.
Sharing adventures does something strange to me. I become filled with this wonderful yearning for my own. I begin to un-cloud the future and fill it with visions of myself, exploring the places I am told by others. It gives me a direction and a goal. I will see the world, I will one day be able to understand what you are feeling when you reminisce and tell me of all the places and people who have inspired and amazed you.
Then I compile all I have learned, and share it back with a story.