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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

More Adventures

At the beginning of a new year, we tend to think in resolutions, goals, accomplishments we want to make for the upcoming 12 months. Get up, get it done. This year I saw a silly little meme on Facebook that summed up my philosophy. It said, "This year I want to go on more adventures, be around good people, read good books, and surround myself with good energy."

That hit home. As time marches on, it's so easy to focus on the should-dos and must-dos that we forget the adventures. But life is too short to take entirely seriously. I was reminded of that this year, in happy ways and sad. Weddings, funerals and the circle of life--all reminders that time is always ticking--not just for the should-dos, but for the could-dos as well.

Of course the reality of it all is that we can't all have adventure all the time. We have to work, have to pay the bills, have to clean the house. (Stunningly, very few authors are lucky enough to have domestic staff these days.) So my suggestion to you, and my reminder to myself, is to take your adventures when you find them. Small adventures can yield wonderful memories.

When my spouse and I started occasionally babysitting our toddler Grandspawn, we instituted afternoon Adventuretime. (Not to be confused with the cartoon of a similar name.) It didn't always mean anything spectacular. A quick trip to a park, a walk downtown for ice cream cones, or even just a walk. The whole point was just to be together, do something and have fun. For the spouse and I, adventure time might be driving the scenic route home from a business trip, visiting an architectural salvage shop, or even an afternoon in a different time zone--like the Renaissance, or a Gatsby New Year's Eve party. Because tomorrow isn't a guarantee, and every little adventure counts.

So read good books. I hope to write some new books, and that's an adventure as well. Be with good people and surround yourself with good energy. And above all, in 2016, I wish you adventure!


Cara Marsi said...

Thank you, Cindy, for an inspiring post. I love the idea of a little adventure every day.

Rose Anderson said...

A wonderful philosophy, Cindy. Cute outfit too!

vicki batman said...

I like your Adventure time. Sometimes, Handsome and I get in the car and take off with only maps to guide us. We have a blast and have seen some priceless scenery and things.

stanalei said...

Great advice, Cindy. Happy New Year!

Judy Baker said...

I love adventures - small or large - thanks for the great advice. Happy New Year.

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thanks, everyone! I'm hoping I can stick to my own advice!

Melissa Keir said...

Great post! Very uplifting! You are going through some changes this year with the moving out of Grandspawn and I'm sure you will miss her adventure time. I'm sure you will find ways to fill your days. Certainly, you need to write more.

Paris said...

I live vicariously through your adventures, lol! I love your FB posts and finding out what new and exciting event you've attended. And a special nod to the wonderful hats that you always find. I do plan on having more of my own adventures this year! Have a great 2016!

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