“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
I was especially touched and inspired by my mom last week as she pulled out to begin her next adventure. It led me to question if I was still living a life of adventure. I know I used to. I moved 1200 miles from home when I was nineteen. In my twenties and early thirties, I was a skydiver. Racking up 1300 jumps and teaching freefall with my jumpmaster rating. When my kids were young, well that was always an adventure! Real or make believe. I lived a different life. We were always traveling, discovering and just being adventurous! I am still so grateful for my husband and his hard work and sacrifice that allowed me to be a stay at home mom all those years. That being said, I have to ask myself if I have been adventurous over this past year since my youngest went off to college and we became empty nesters. I did start a new business and I guess I could argue that has been an adventure, but I have been inspired to want more.
My mom is a 77 year old warrior!! She is a two time breast cancer survivor, a heart disease survivor and in 2015 she had a major brain bleed that left her hospitalized for three or four months (that whole year is kind of a blur). Shortly after returning home from the hospital, she informed us that she was going to sell everything she had, buy a travel trailer and GO! When we asked where, she said she didn’t know….wherever she wanted. As you can imagine, I initially thought this was a horrible idea. After losing my father three days prior to her hospitalization with the brain bleed and nearly losing her, I was not ready to let her out of my sight, but I soon came to accept her decision knowing she had to go.
“You can’t keep her in a cage,
clip her wings, tell her lies,
say that fragile birds were never meant to fly.
Watch her live behind a rusted door, latched tight,
her spirit slipping away
so you can keep her in sight.
cannot be confined.
Her wings will grow, she’ll find the sky.”
– Christy Ann Martine
I have learned many lessons from my mom over the years and perhaps one of the most valuable of these is to be adventurous. With Mother’s Day approaching, I just want to say thank you and I love you Mom!
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”
Live BIG! Dream BIG! After all, life is an awesome adventure!
Find your inner adventurer and Live Your Passion!!
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