Just to be alive is an adventure, but shouldn’t life be more than that, shouldn’t it be a daring adventure?
Many of us thought about Helen Keller and her inspiring story this week when we learned that actress Patty Duke had died. Remember The Miracle Worker? Remember watching the movie or perhaps the play and wondering what life must have been like for that child, or later for the woman Helen Keller whose own life adventure was daring and stunning in a way we rarely think about adventure.
We don’t have to be mountain climbers or race car drivers for life to be a daring adventure — though that works for some. We can be adventurous in creating loving relationships, in raising beautiful children, in doing well at our jobs or our lives, or even in our spirituality. Patty Duke herself was adventurous in sharing her own personal experiences with bipolar disorder and working hard for mental health causes.
To be daring is to risk stepping beyond our comfort zones with the hope we can discover something new about the world and ourselves. Sometimes we might fall flat on our faces — that’s what risk means — but then we can get right back up and try again.
For me writing is a daring adventure. I may not leave my desk — though I do love poking around in different locations for my research. But my imagination takes me to amazing places where I can try, through the lives and exploits of my characters, brand new possibilities.
What daring adventures do you have planned for the rest of your life? What adventures are behind you? I think we should take a moment and count the ones we’ve already lived or are living right now. It’s okay to be proud of ourselves. After all, isn’t learning to be proud part of the adventure?