Typecast: On Adventure
I’ve never done anything particularly adventurous in the common sense of the word: never sky-dived, or hiked up any treacherous heights, never jumped off the rocks into the water at Waimea beach, never traveled anywhere on my own without a guide. Yet in the midst of all these nevers I still managed to inject some of that adventure into my life, after all; a year and a half ago, emboldened by my husband’s encouragement to live a little and follow my dreams, I quit my job as staff accountant at a big local public accounting firm and started my own independent bookkeeping business.
While bookkeeping is certainly a far cry from sky-diving it was a risk, a break from the certainty of steady paychecks and paid vacations, and to me it was a great adventure. I printed business cards, set up a website, scheduled meetings with potential clients, wrapped up the work I had with the firm. These tasks, as ordinary as they were, felt to me like the first necessary steps in a journey towards freedom, a journey that I had been too terrified to embark on at the outset. I will never regret taking those steps.
The next exciting adventure awaits me. As I mentioned, I’m planning to go back to school to improve my writing, to grow as a writer, and while there’s no doubt the ride will be a dumpy one, I have hopes that I will come out on the other end a better, stronger person.
I never thought adventure would find me, but have learned that one creates one’s own adventures if one has to. Is your life already full of adventure? If not, consider taking those first tentative steps, whatever they may be. You won’t regret them either!