Peyton Manning suffered a poor start in this year’s Super Bowl. As I work on this column, he watched a hike go through his hands into the end zone for a safety. Minutes later, the Seahawks took a commanding eight point lead. As soon as Manning returned, he threw an interception to the Seahawks.
Since I am a Bronco fan, I feel pretty nerve-shaken as I write these words. Will my team win or lose? Will Manning recover his composure?
Everybody dreams! I loved that blond lady in the advertisement with the puppet who told her boss that she quit her job to follow her own dreams in front of 100 million people.
This column invites you to follow your dreams and live your life on your own terms and to choose your life path. Make your life an adventure as you choose whether you want to become an artist, teacher, sculptor, race car driver, parent, athlete, engineer, inventor, geek or anything under the sun.
Let’s look at the various adventures you may pursue:
When coyotes howl outside your tent, that may be adventure. While you trudge through the wilderness with a 40-pound pack, that could be deemed “adventure.” While sweating like a horse as you pedal over a 12,000-foot pass, you might be living an adventure.
While you thrust your brush onto the canvas, you come face to face with artistic expression. Perhaps a certain knot in a macramé project renders a new kind of adventure in your life.
When howling Gail winds press your lips against your teeth while sailing into a raging storm, you face a mighty adventure. You may stand on the edge of a mountain with sub-zero temperatures before plunging into a deep powder chute. That could be called “adventure.”
A new step on the dance floor may find you struggling with the beat of the music. It could be defined as imaginative adventure.
But that’s not what makes an adventure!
You might ask, “Why not…what more do I have to do to create adventure in my life?”
Adventure begins where you define it. It rolls into “being” by your actions toward your passions. When you learn how to think “adventure” in whatever passion you pursue, you learn how to live adventure.
It is your willingness to struggle through it, to present yourself at the doorstep of Nature or in front of a canvas or mountain peak. You might be a writer struggling with a plot or character. Adventure advances as you express it.
Can you think of any greater joy coming from life than living inside the “moment” of an adventure? It may be a fleeting “high”, a stranger that changes your life, an animal that delights you or even frightens you, a struggle where you triumphed, or even failed, yet you braved the challenge. Those moments present you uncommon experiences that give your life eternal expectation.
So where in your life do you find the calling of adventure that excites your soul? What “turns on” every cell in your body? What causes you to smile through your day? How do you get “there”?
It’s known as the “perfect speed.” It’s a thought pattern whereby you already know you reached your destination or dream or goal. Everything you think must be twice created: first, the idea, which secondly moves into form.
For an example: you desire to climb a mountain, paint a picture or learn a new dance.
You must take baby steps by hanging with those who love mountain climbing. Learn from them. Start small and grow wise, grow smart and grow strong.
Do you love art? Hang around artists. Engage a canvas, paper or clay. Discover your passion in the arts. Grow with someone who paints, sculpts or draws. Spend hours on your own works.
You want to become a dancer? Hit the closest studio. Take the classes. Learn the basics. Find your music style. Soon, you glide around the dance floor to the eternal joy of music and movement.
In the beginning, middle or advanced portion of your life, you remain the author and visionary of your success, your joy and your happiness.
I’m reminded of three home plate umpires who bragged how they called balls and strikes:
The first said, “I calls them as I sees them.”
The second said, “I calls them as they are.”
The third said, “They ain’t nothin’ till I calls them.”
For those of you who want to figure out how to fund your dreams on your own terms, go to my adventure website and click the tab “funding” and I will show you how to live your dreams and how to fund them. Go to: www.HowToLiveALifeOfAdventure.com
Remember that the only way you “gallop” into your dreams remains your call! Charge onto the playing field with creativity, energy and courage. The rewards magnify life to your highest and best.