It’s not always easy coming up with a new phrase every week, often it depends on how much I’ve been reading. Sometimes when I’m reading a book, a phrase leaps off the pages, like Facing the odds. Other times it doesn’t, like this week. So I resorted to my last hope, my dear mother. My mum has read more than I have, I should hope so being older than myself, but she always has a couple of suggestions when I need a bit of help.
Upon asking my mother, she directed me to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, specifically the final line in the play, “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” This phrase inspired me, this week I’m Living the Adventure.
Anyone who doubts that I’m living an adventure has not spent too much time on a farm, forgoing the fact that life itself is an adventure all around you, with all the twists and turns that it takes. Living on the farm, is an adventure in and of itself. Staring down an angry mother cow, her calf getting tagged behind you is enough to get the blood pumping.
The rain pouring down, lightning flashing and the thunder roaring as you move the herd from one spot to another. Going out in the coldest days of winter, with snow to your ankles to feed hay and brake the ice from the water tank.
More specifically in my case, going out at 3:00 AM to Chicago to sell at farmer’s markets in the sunshine, the rain, occasionally even the snow. To talk to people from all different walks of life brought together with the common goal of good food.
Not knowing what may befall, hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, a farmer gets up every day with the sun to start work again.
As with so many things in life, it’s the perspective of our world view that changes our reactions. Don’t believe me? Ask an evolutionist and a creationist about the meaning of life, both may see the same sun, the same stars, the same earth. But both have entirely different ideas as to their beginning and purpose. In the same manner, if you view life as an adventure, you will be more likely to be excited in difficult circumstances, to eagerly await the next conversation. Life is often as dull as you make it out to be.