Don’t believe me? Not many of us are famous or spend our lives doing daring feats. Adventure conjures up visions of climbing mountains, sailing the seas, exploring jungles and finding lost civilizations or traveling to exotic lands.
Most of us would say we live ordinary lives where nothing special happens. Just like everyone else we go about our day to day business trying to make a living. We find little snippets of happiness here and there. Sometimes we have mini-adventures, vacations and trips. Or maybe something unexpected happens that thrusts us into a world far outside our comfort zone. We love and we lose. We laugh and we cry. We live and learn. And in the process of living our lives we too often become complacent. We fail to see what’s really all around us every day. We get caught up in the mundane details that each day brings. But have you ever really taken the time to look at your life? How did you end up where you are right now? Life rarely goes from point A to point B. There are hundreds or thousands of twists and turns.
Someone recently asked me what I wanted to be when I was five years old. I had to stop and consider my life for a moment. Most certainly my five year old self could never have imagined most of the experiences that have led me to where I am now. At five, ten, fifteen, and even twenty, I imagined a life far different than the one I’ve had. And in looking back I realize that my life has been an amazing adventure. I’ve never travelled to exotic lands or sailed the high seas, but I’ve seen the beauty of each day. I’ve seen the best and worst of human nature. I’ve made good choices and bad ones. I’ve met amazing people and had interesting conversations deep into the night. I’ve sung and I’ve danced and experienced gut wrenching heartbreak only to find joy on the other side. I’ve loved and lost and loved again. I’ve made mistakes and taken a few wrong turns. But those wrong turns taught me lessons I would otherwise not have learned and shown me things I needed to see.
Our lives are like a tapestry. They’re woven together from thousands of small experiences, relationships, and choices. We hang them on the wall of our memories, a beautiful testimonial of our adventures, both good and bad. Today, I invite you to take a look at the tapestry of your life. Ordinary is not always as ordinary as it seems at first glance. What amazing adventures have you experienced?